Maharashtra: CM Fadnavis initiates probe into Avni killing

Mumbai: Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has initiated a departmental probe into the killing of tigress Avni on November 2. Avni was believed to have killed 13 people in the past two years. Fadnavis said the government would find out whether there were any procedural lapses in the killing of the tigress. She is survived by her two cubs, who are 11 months old.

Fadnavis, told the media at Varsha, his official residence, “After a tranquilliser dart was fired at the tigress, she turned aggressive and attacked first.” Conservation efforts have ensured the tiger population has risen, he said. Tigers are ‘gentlemen’, but are turning into man-eaters as humans are encroaching on their territory.

Reacting to the demand of Maneka Gandhi, union minister for women and child welfare, who has demanded the sacking of forest minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, Fadnavis said, “Apart from being a union minister, Maneka Gandhi has been a well-known animal rights activist and often calls, urging government action on wildlife issues.”

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