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Committee set up to probe tigress' killing a farce: Uddhav

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The committee constituted by the government to probe the killing of man-eater tigress Avni is a "farce", chief said Saturday.

In a statement issued here, he demanded that a panel be formed under a retired to probe the tigress' killing.

The has come under fire over the death of the tigress, who was believed to have turned a man-eater and killed 13 people in the last two years in Yavatmal district.

The big cat was shot dead in an operation in a forest in Yavatmal district last Friday. The killing of T1, as the tigress was officially known, led to an outrage among animal lovers and wildlife organisations.

"Those who had given the 'supari' (contract) to kill the tigress have been made members of the (probe) committee. The committee set up is a farce," Thackeray said.

Taking a dig at senior ally BJP, Thackeray said if backed saying he could not be held responsible for the killing, why did take credit for the surgical strike, when he had not himself conducted it.

However, said if Thackeray feels the committee is a "farce", then the is willing to form another panel under the Sena chief's leadership, if he so desires.

"Uddhavji is an important figure in the alliance between the and the Sena. If he does not want to under him, he should realise I have already asked the to appoint a committee under retired judges. Lowest level of politics is unnecessarily being played over the issue," he said.

The had Friday constituted a four-member committee, comprising wildlife experts and officials, to conduct an "in-depth" probe into the tigress' killing.

It is headed by of Forest S H Patil. It will include of India member Habib Bilal, and Additional of Forest Nitin Kakodkar, an official statement from the forest department said earlier.

The committee will probe if established protocols and standard operating practices were followed in the case and submit a report to the government.

had lashed out at the state government over Avni's killing and dubbed it a "ghastly murder". Avni was the mother of two 10-month-old cubs.

The government, however, defended itself calling the incident "sad" but necessary after the tigress attacked forest staff trying to tranquilise it.

Opposition NCP dubbed the inquiry as an "eyewash".

Earlier, when asked about the criticism by the opposition, Mungantiwar had said he has written a letter to Maneka Gandhi, asking for an independent probe by judges into the killing of Avni.

"This inquiry (by SC judges) will happen when it has to happen, but the state government has to probe the issue at the earliest," he had said.

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First Published: Sat, November 10 2018. 16:35 IST