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Tigress Avni's killer inexperienced: NTCA report

ANI  |  Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] 

Avni's reaction was mistaken and the trigger was pulled in a hurry by an "inexperienced" shooter, a report tabulated by the Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) to inquire the death of the revealed.

As per the report, which was submitted on November 28, drugs used for tranquillising the were handled by non-professionals and unauthorised personnel.

"From the reconstruction of movement of (Tigress Avni) and final position of the body of T-1, it was moving away from the road and vehicle on its traditional walk path while it was shot. Tigress was not aggressive and showed behaviour that was natural after it was hit by a dart, and they were moving towards the direction of the animal. Tiger's reaction was mistaken and the shot was taken in a hurry by inexperienced Evidence strongly supports above observation. In view of the facts, the firing in self-defence is doubtful," the report highlighted.

Forest Ministry on November 9 formed an inquiry committee to look into the killing of

The panel was headed by SH Patil and comprises Bilal Habib, a member of the and Anish Andheriya, a member of the A senior forest department official, Nitin Kakodkar, was appointed of the panel.

On November 2, Tigress Avni, who was believed to have killed 13 people in the last two years, was gunned down by sharp-shooter Khan in Maharashtra's Yavatmal district as part of a planned operation.

The killing invited huge flak from various quarters with for Women and Child Development lashing out at the government for the move.

The also lambasted sharp-shooter Azgher Ali, saying he was not authorised to gun down the tigress, and that he carried out the task illegally.

"This is patently illegal. Despite the forest officials being committed to tranquilise, capture and quarantine the tigress, the trigger-happy shooter has killed her on his own under direct orders of Mungantiwar. The tigress was a mother. Now her two cubs will also die," she said in a tweet.

Earlier, Chief Minister had expressed his dismay over the decision to kill the man-eater tigress and assured that his government will initiate a probe to check if there were any procedural lapses in the entire operation.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 07:39 IST
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