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Tigress Avni's killing: Gadkari backs Maha minister

Press Trust of India  |  Nagpur 

Friday backed his party colleague and Forest Minister on the killing of tigress Avni.

The tigress, who was believed to have turned man-eater and killed 13 people in the last two years in Yavatmal district's Pandharkawda area, was shot dead in there last Friday.

The killing of T1, as the tigress was officially known, led to outrage among animal lovers and wildlife organisations.

had lashed out at the government and had dubbed it a "ghastly murder".

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

Speaking on the sidelines of Indian Roads convention here, said, "The tigress had killed 13 innocent farmers and no one is shedding a tear for them. No one wants to kill a tiger but what can be done when the tiger turns man-eater."

He said the Forest department, under Mungantiwar, ordered the killing of the tigress only as a "last option".

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First Published: Fri, November 09 2018. 20:00 IST