New Delhi, Nov 5: Terming the killing of Tiger Avni, shot down by marksman Nawab Asghar Ali Khan on Saturday night as ' a straight case of crime', Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi on Sunday said she would write to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, to take a strong action in this matter.
'I am deeply saddened by the way tigress Avni has been murdered by a professional anti-national killer at the behest of a Minister in Yavatmal, Maharashtra. It is nothing, but a straight case of crime. Despite requests from his own Forest department and people all over India, Mr Sudhir Mungantiwar, Minister for Environment and Forests, Maharashtra, gave orders for the killing.
'We cannot allow this kind of insensitive and merciless attitude towards animals to prevail. I am going to take up this issue legally, criminally, as well as politically. I will be writing to CM Maharashtra to take a strong action in this matter,' Ms Gandhi said in a statement.
Avni or T1, who was being hunted for killing and devouring 13 humans in Pandharkawada-Ralegaon forests of Yavatmal district in eastern Maharashtra over the last two years, was shot dead on Saturday night.
She was a six-year-old mother of two cubs. Avni was protecting her two 10-month-old dependent cubs in the vicinity of Tippeshwar Tiger Sanctuary since the past several weeks, till she was shot down by a marksman.Describing the killing of the Tiger as 'patently illegal ', the Minister, who is also the chairperson of the People for Animals, said 'This is the third tiger being killed on the directions of the Environment and Forest Minister.
'Earlier, a dozen leopards and 300 wild boars have been killed on his directions. I am shocked that such a person is continuing to hold a ministerial position. 'Every time, he has used Hyderabad shooter Shafat Ali Khan and this time, his son has also appeared on the scene illegally, to kill the tigress. His son was not authorised to kill. This is patently illegal.
'Despite the Forest officials being committed to tranquilise, capture and qurantine the tigress, the trigger-happy shooter has killed her on his own, under the direct orders of Mr Mungantiwar. The tigress was a mother. Now, her two cubs will also die,' she added. UNI