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Maharashtra tigress killing: Appeal to PM for probe, plea in SC soon

IANS  |  Mumbai 

Environmentalists have knocked the doors of Prime Minsiter seeking an NIA probe into the killing of alleged man-eater tigress Avni (T1) in six days ago, with plans to file a PIL in the soon, activists said.

Simultaneously, alleged that in the past one year or so, 21 tigers may have died in Chandrapur and Vidarbha region of for which he pointed an accusing finger at

"In his (Mungantiwar's) regime, tigers are being killed/poached regularly in big number. Last year, 21 tigers were killed. Is he part of poacher mafia? Must be investigated," tweeted Nirupam.

A wildlife-focussed site, natureconnect.com, has written to Modi demanding a probe by the NIA and the NGO, (RAWW) has sought a CBI probe into the tigress' killing on Nov. 3.

Natureconnect's founder said the is the of and an impartial, unbiased probe by NIA would unearth facts about Avni's killing since in her case, the guidelines of (NTCA) were allegedly flouted.

Satpuda Foundation's Kishor Rithe said the investigations must probe in depth the man-animal conflicts in the Yavatmal forests since 13 human lives were lost in the region.

Karnataka-based Prayag H.S. said Avni's two orphaned 11-month cubs must be secured immediately and said after the revelations in the tigress' autopsy report, he would move the

On the other hand, the (VNSSM) has blamed for adopting an "elitist, anit-tribal and anti-farmer stance" vis-A-vis Avni.

VNSSM said that "the deaths of 13 tribals-farmers and the fears of around 100,000 terrified people living in the vicinity just cannot be ignored".

His statement came amid demands made by Gandhi for the ouster of Mungantiwar from cabinet even as promised a probe into possible 'procedural lapses' in gunning down the tigress.

Claiming that the NTCA guidelines were adhered to, Tiwari said rampant breeding of tigers in the forests has led to territorial wars since the is too small to support 10 tigers, hence they are spilling out of the forests into human settlements.

--IANS

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First Published: Thu, November 08 2018. 20:52 IST
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