Tigress Avni row: Animal activists want Sudhir Mungantiwar sacked

On the night of November 2, tigress Avni was shot from a close range near Borati village on Borati- Warud- Ralegaon road late at night

Tigress Avni row: Animal activists want Sudhir Mungantiwar sacked

On November 11, 2018, animal activists including actors and politicians gathered at Shivaji Park in Dadar to protest against Tigress Avni’s killing. 

On the night of November 2, the Tigress was shot from close range near Borati village on Borati- Warud- Ralegaon road late at night. According to the officials, the tigress was first tranquilised but soon after the dart had hit her, she charged at the open gypsy that had Asghar and other forest staff, following which, Asghar shot the tigress in self-defence.

However, animal activists believe that forest officials did not tranquilise her instead killed her and separated her away from her cubs. During the protest, animal activists demanded Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to sack Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar and demanded a high-level probe in the matter. 

Dr Sarita Subramaniam of Earth Brigade Foundation has filed three PILs in Bombay High Court and one SLP in Supreme Court against the killing of Avni.

We want the state government to introduce Avni act with the help of which, legalised hunting would be stopped. A central committee should be formed that will make a decision about a certain animal if he is a threat to a mankind or not. We want our Maharashtra CM to make this amendment,” said  Subramaniam.

She also criticised the committee formed by Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar mentioning that the person who has formed the committee is the murderer himself. She added that currently, cubs are important and they should be saved.

Meanwhile, Aam Aadmi Party leader Preeti Menon demanded Mungantiwar’s resignation. If CM doesn't sack Mungantiwar, they would carry out a protest outside Mantrlaya.

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Post chanting slogans, they carried out a march around Shivaji Park demanding Mungantiwar’s resignation and pleading to save the cubs. 

Two separate committees have been formed- one formed by Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MOEFCC) and the other formed by Maharashtra State. Both the committees will begin its investigations into the killing of tigress T1 who was shot dead by Asghar, son of controversial Hyderabad-based hunter Nawab Shafath Ali Khan on the night of November 2, 2018.