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Sack your forest minister: Maneka to Fadnavis

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Tuesday upped the ante on her demand for ouster of Environment over the killing of and dashed off a letter to Devendra Fadnavis, asking him to "consider removing" the minister.

"I request you to fix responsibility for the illegal killing of the tigress and consider removing Mugantiwar from the responsibility of the in the state government," Maneka told in her letter, released to media Tuesday.

"If the environment and forest minister resorts to killing animals instead of protecting them, he is definitely failing in his duty. This is something like the working for child traffickers," the for Women and Child Development wrote in her letter.

Gandhi added that she had been speaking to Mugantiwar on the issue of alleged maneater for the past two months and requesting the minister to have the tigress tranquillised and quarantined.

The tigress could have been saved, had the minister in charge of the been a "little patient, sensitive and persistent", rued Gandhi.

Tigress Avni, who is believed to be responsible for the deaths of 13 people in the past two years, was shot dead by sharp-shooter in Maharashtra's Yavatmal Friday as part of a government-sponsored operation.

Also known as T1, Avni is survived by two 10-month-old cubs.

Son of famous sharp-shooter Nawab Shafat Ali, shot dead Avni in compartment 149 of the in Yavatmal district under the jurisdiction of the station.

Reacting to the killing of Avni, Gandhi earlier, in a series of tweets, had lashed out at the government for ordering to kill the tigress despite opposition from several stakeholders.

"I am deeply saddened by the way has been brutally murdered in Yavatmal," she had said in a tweet.

"It is nothing but a straight case of crime. Despite several requests from many stakeholders, Mungantiwar, the Minister for Forests, Maharashtra, gave orders for the killing," she had said in another tweet.

She had said she was going to take up the matter "very strongly" with the

"I am definitely going to take up this case of utter lack of empathy for animals as a test case - legally, criminally as well as politically," she had said.

She had also come down heavily on for giving orders to private marksman Shafat Ali Khan's son to hunt down the tigress.

"Every time he has used Hyderabad-based shooter Shafat Ali Khan, and this time his son has also appeared on the scene illegally to murder the tigress," she had said in a tweet.

"His son was not authorised to kill. This is patently illegal. Despite the forest officials being committed to tranquillise, capture and quarantine the tigress, the trigger-happy shooter has killed her on his own under orders of Mungantiwar," she had tweeted.

"Shafat has killed 3 tigers, at least 10 leopards, a few elephants and 300 wild boar in Chandrapur, Maharashtra. He is a criminal known for supplying guns to anti-nationals and for a suspected case of murder in Hyderabad," she had said in another tweet.

She had also questioned the Maharastra government's decision to take services of Khan and his son.

"I fail to understand why a should even bother about such a man, let alone hire his services for illegal and inhuman acts," she had said.

Gandhi has also expressed concern over the well being of the two cubs left behind after the killing of their mother.

"This ghastly murder has put two cubs at the edge of a sad death in absence of their mother," she had said.

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First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 22:55 IST