Mumbai: After CM Devendra Fadnavis, Union Minister for Road Transport Nitin Gadkari has come forward to shield Sudhir Mungantiwar, minister for forests, in the controversy over the killing of tigress Avni last week. Gadkari termed the demands for the resignation of Mungantiwar ‘laughable’. Gadkari said the killing of the tigress was ‘unfortunate’. He said, “Many have spoken about it, but no one has expressed sadness over the 13 tribals killed by the tigress.
All attempts were made to tranquillise the tigress. The tribals and the people in the region had lived in fear of the tigress.” The minister slammed media and social media debates on Mungantiwar. . “No one spared a thought for how the families of these people have spent their Diwali all these years.” Lauding Mungantiwar, Gadkari stated the minister had done commendable work in ensuring Nagpur was declared the tiger capital, taking the lead in tiger conservation and planting 14 crore trees.