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Death of Avni: Remove Mugantiwar as minister, Maneka writes to Maharashtra CM

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Union Women and Child Development on Tuesday wrote to Chief urging him to remove Forests and from the position.

"I request you to fix the responsibility for the illegal killing of the tigress and consider removing Mugantiwar from the responsibility of the in the I have personally known you an animal welfare person and I am sure you will consider my request," Maneka wrote in the letter.

The minister also stated that she had been in talks with Mugantiwar for the past two months and had repeatedly requested him to ensure that the tigeress was tranquilized and quarantined.

"But for some inexplicable reasons, Mugantiwar has been repeatedly calling to kill the animals in As ministers, we need to exhibit the highest standard of sensitivity to the constituencies that we serve," she added.

was a five-year-old tigress identified as T1 who had caused widespread fear in Maharashtra's She was shot dead early on Saturday near Borati village in Yavatmal district.

Maneka earlier had hit out at the minister on Sunday saying that it is a "straight case of crime" and said that Mugantiwar had earlier directed killing a dozen of leopards and 300 wild boars.

"I am shocked that such a person is continuing to hold a ministerial position. Every time he has used the shooter, Shafat Ali Khan, and this time his son has also appeared on the scene to kill the tigress. His son was not authorized to kill. This is patently illegal," she added.

died after three months of a massive hunt undertaken with the help of trap cameras, drones, trained sniffer dogs along with a team of forest department officials and spotters.

As per directives, forest department officials are required to first tranquilize and trap such an animal, but in Saturday's operation, allegedly attacked the stalking team which shot her.

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First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 23:02 IST
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