Two committees formed to probe Tigress Avni’s killing

Committee formed by Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MOEFCC) will submit its report by November 22 while the committee formed by the state government will submit its report by November 26


Man-eater Tigress Avni's --- who was also known as T1 --- killing created a stir across Maharashtra where animal activists were not happy with the manner in which the entire operation was carried out.

Acting on the huge cry led out by activists, 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.

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One of the senior forest officials from Maharashtra informed that the committee was formed under the direction of State Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar. PCCF SH Patil will be the chairman while APCCF Nitin Kakodkar will be the convenor of the committee, which will also include Anish Andheria, President of Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT) along with Bilal Habib from Wildlife Institute of India (WII). This committee will have to submit its report by November 22.

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Meanwhile the MOEFCC committee that will carry out an inquiry into the final operation carried out by the State of Maharashtra will have OP Kaler, Additional PCCF (Retired) and Jose Louies, Deputy Director and Chief, Wildlife Control Division and Communications, Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) as members while Hemant Kamdi, Assistant Inspector General (AIG) National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), Regional Office, Nagpur as it Convenor and will submit its report by November 26.

Tigress Avni was shot from a 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.

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