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Maha govt sets up panel to probe killing of tigress Avni

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The government Friday

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

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.

An official statement issued by the forest department stated that the committee has been formed on directions of to conduct an "in-depth" inquiry into the death of the tigress.

The committee is headed by of Forest S H Patil. It will include of member Habib Bilal, and Additional of Forest Nitin Kakodkar, the statement said.

Kakodkar will also act as the panel's convenor, it said.

had lashed out at the 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".

said the probe is aimed at giving a clean chit to the and demanded constitution of an SIT.

Asked about the criticism by the opposition, Mungantiwar 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," Mungantiwar said.

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First Published: Fri, November 09 2018. 21:50 IST