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No need for forest minister Mungantiwar to resign: Fadnavis

Press Trust of India  |  Osmanabad (Maha) 

Amid the controversy over the killing of tigress Avni, said Tuesday that there was no need for to resign over the issue.

The will speak to Maneka Gandhi, who has lashed out at the over the killing, and an inquiry will be conducted if required, said at Osmanabad in

"The tigress had killed 13 people. Sometimes the government has to take a tough decision. We feel sorry about having to kill Avni," said, speaking to the reporters.

"There is no need for Mungantiwar to resign. Mungantiwar had not gone there in person to kill the tigress," the said.

The government did not have any personal interest in seeing the tigress dead, he added.

"The general procedure in such cases is to first try and inject the animal with tranquiliser dart and then shoot if needed. The hired by the government has assured that this procedure was followed. If there was any lapse, we will order an inquiry," Fadnavis said.

Asked about Maneka Gandhi's outburst, Fadnavis said, "I will personally speak with the and clarify the whole matter. The government respects her sentiments towards wild life and animals."

The Union Women and had slammed Mungantiwar for hiring private marksmen and his son for carrying out hunting operations in the state, including the killing of tigress Avni.

Mungantiwar had responded by saying that Gandhi lacked information on the issue and she was free to order a high-level probe.

The tigress, officially known as T1, was believed to be responsible for the death of 13 people. It was shot dead by Ali in the in Yavatmal district last week. She has left behind two cubs.

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First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 19:50 IST