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Maharashtra, Centre form separate panels to probe tigress killing

IANS  |  Mumbai 

Exactly a week after the controversial shooting of an alleged Avni (T1), the Centre and state announced two separate expert committees to probe the incident, officials said on Friday.

While the (NTCA) set up its own committee, of ordered an inquiry through an independent committee to find out the facts on whether guidelines/ procedures given in SOP were followed.

The committee includes of as besides representing the and Anish Andheria, the President, Wildlife Conservation Trust, as members. Another senior official, Nitin Kakodkar, Additional of Forest (APCCF), will be the Convenor.

The Centre's panel includes of NTCA, as Convenor and O.P. Kaler, senior retired wildlife expert and deputy director, of of India as Members.

Avni's killing late last Friday night, which left her two 11-month-old dependent cubs orphaned and untraced, sparked off a bitter nationwide row, involving animal lovers and politicians, farmers and activists.

It provoked a public spat between and Mungantiwar after she virtually accused him of 'murder' and demanded his sacking from the state cabinet.

Earlier this week, attempted to mollify Maneka by announcing a probe into "possible procedural lapses" in the tigress' killing by a professional marksman from

All important parties including ruling ally Shiv Sena, Congress, Nationalist Party, attacked the government for allegedly clearing out the forests of wildlife to help big industrialists wanting to set up base in Yavatmal and surroundings.

The matter was brought to the notice of the PMO seeking a NIA probe while other activists plan to move the soon in the matter.

--IANS

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First Published: Fri, November 09 2018. 21:46 IST
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