Tiger shot dead in India after allegedly killing 14 people

Tiger shot dead in India after allegedly killing 14 people

Earlier on Friday, the tigress who is suspected to be responsible for the deaths of 14 people in the past two years, was killed in Maharashtra's Yavatmal as part of an operation. In September, the Supreme Court refused to stay a shooting order issued by the Bombay High Court, which had permitted the forest department to tranquillise or shoot a "man-eating" tigress.

The minister said that Avni's killing had forced 'two cubs at the edge of a sad death in the absence of their mother'.

The state forest department had hired an expert hunter and sharpshooter, and mounted an extensive operation involving almost 200 personnel, trap cameras, drones, a pack of trained sniffer dogs and a hang-glider to trace her, broadcaster NDTV reported.

T1 was shot by Asghar Ali Khan, son of India's most famous hunter Nawab Shafath Ali Khan, who was meant to be leading the hunt but was not present Friday night.

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

Taking a dig at NGOs criticising the killing of Avni, the minister said the government had been at the forefront of saving tigers on a mission mode and has roped in film megastar Amitabh Bachchan for the goal. The India unit of animal rights organisation PETA - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals - said that Avni was killed "in possible contempt of court and in apparent violation of the Wildlife Protection Act and the guidelines of National Tiger Conservation Authority", PTI reported.

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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.

Last night, from 6.45 pm onwards, the tigress was sighted by many villagers.

Alerted to a sighting, members of the hunting team parked their vehicle on a road the tigress had been spotted on. The tigress died on the spot.

Services of controversial private marksman Shafat Ali Khan was also hired by the forest department.

Gandhi even hit out at state Forests Minister Sudhir Mungatiwar, saying he ordered the killing of the tigress and this was the third big cat being murdered under his jurisdiction.

He further said the right to kill wild species did not lie with his department and that the Centre and the Supreme Court have laid down stringent guidelines for the goal. "I am definitely going to take up this case...legally, criminally as well as politically and will take up the matter very strongly with CM Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis", she tweeted.

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