Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Rahul Gandhi, Harsh Vardhan spar over killing of tigress Avni

How tigress Avni was shot dead in Maharashtra This is Avni a six-year-old mother of two who was shot dead in Yavatmal Maharashtra last night
Charlie Simmons | 05 November, 2018, 16:54

Tigress Avni, believed to have been responsible for the deaths of 13 people in Maharashtra in the past two years, was shot dead in Yavatmal district of Maharashtra on Friday night as part of an operation, police said Saturday.

India's Supreme Court issued a hunting order for T1 in September, ruling that she could be killed if tranquilisers failed.

The six-year-old tiger, named Avni, had two cubs. The Maharashtra Forest Department had been looking for the "man-eater" tigress for almost three months, in an operation that involved sniffer dogs, trap cameras, drones and a hang-glider, expert trackers, sharp-shooters and around 200 ground personnel. City-based shooter Nawab Shafath Ali Khan's son Asghar Ali, a certified big game hunter and a big bore event champion, killed the beast.

Avni was first spotted in the forests of Yavatmal in 2012.

It was one of India's most high-profile tiger hunts in decades, sparking controversy over the legality of her killing in the jungles of Maharashtra state. "This ghastly murder has put two cubs at the edge of a sad death in the absence of their mother", she said.

However, disputes quickly erupted after the killing as reports claim the tiger was shot with no attempt to tranquilise her.

A tigress in India which is said to have killed 13 people has been shot dead after a major hunt, officials say. "It was nothing but a Forest Department sanctioned poaching of a tiger", a source told "Telangana Today".

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A team of private hunters, horses and elephants were also sent inside the Pandharkawda forest to shoot the animal on sight.

Last night, from 6.45 pm onwards, the tigress was sighted by many villagers. When certain about the identity, a team member attempted a dart that hit it, but the tigress moved back and charged at the team, which was in a open gypsy.

"In a reflex action of self-defense, the shooter fired from a distance of 8 to 10 meters". The tigress died on the spot.

Since June 2018, Maharashtra has witnessed multiple cases of a man-eating tigress on loose and it was concluded that tigress T1 was behind the killings.

Union Minister and a known animal rights activist, Maneka Gandhi, on Sunday launched a blistering attack against her own party's government in Maharashtra for ordering the klling of tigress Avni.

The minister promised to take up Avni's "murder" with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadvnavis and said that she will pursue the matter legally, criminally as well as politically.

Her remains have reportedly been taken to a zoo to be autopsied.

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