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Tigress row: Mungantiwar seeks Maneka's resignation over

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The ongoing feud between Forest and over the killing of a tigress escalated Tuesday, with the seeking resignation of the on "moral grounds" over the death of children due to

The Women and Child Development had slammed Mungantiwar over last week's killing of the "man-eater" tigress Avni in district, which she termed as a "ghastly murder and a straight case of crime".

"The for Women and Child Development has called for my resignation though I had nothing to do with the killing of the man-eater tigress," the minister told here Tuesday.

"If I am to take the moral responsibility for something I have nothing to do with, our Central leader should set an example for me and resign taking moral responsibility for the death of children in the country due to during her tenure," he added.

"We can tender our resignations together on moral grounds," he said further.

The tigress, officially known as T1, was believed to be responsible for the death of 13 people in the last two years.

She was killed on November 2 by Asgar Ali, son of famous sharp-shooter Nawab Shafat Ali, at compartment no 149 of in the east district as part of an operation.

The big cat is survived by two cubs who are ten-months old.

Earlier in the day, said there was no need for the to resign over the issue.

"I will personally speak with the and clarify the whole matter. The government respects her sentiments towards wild life and animals," he told reporters in Osmanabad.

The had Monday said that preliminary reports showed that the forest department team shot the tigress in "self-defence" while trying to tranquilise it.

He had also said that procedural lapse, if any, will be probed.

Gandhi in a series of tweets on Sunday lashed out at the for giving the orders to kill the tigress despite opposition from several stake-holders.

Gandhi had also slammed Mungantiwar for hiring private marksmen Shafat and for carrying out hunting operations in the state, including the killing of the tigress.

"I am deeply saddened by the way tigress Avni has been brutally murdered in It is nothing but a straight case of crime. Despite several requests from many stakeholders, (Sudhir) Mungantiwar, Minister for Forests, Maharashtra, gave orders for the killing," she had said in a tweet.

Mungantiwar, who also holds the Finance portfolio, had said that Gandhi "lacked information" on the issue, and was free to order any high-level probe.

The minister had also claimed that Shafat Ali Khan, who had termed a "criminal", was tasked with shooting a tiger in her Pilibhit constituency in in 2009 (Gandhi's son was representing the constituency in 2009).

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First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 21:15 IST
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