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Man-eating tigress shot dead in India

Killer tiger shot dead

The 6-year-old tigress, officially named T1 but dubbed "Avni" (which means Earth in Hindi) by conservationists, was linked to at least 13 human deaths over the last two years. Khan was brought in along with his father, a well-known shooter, to work with the Maharashtra forest department.

However, she is said to have attacked the team who found her and she was shot by Ashgar Ali Khan, the son of India's most famous hunter Nawab Shafath Ali Khan. "We could not have let humans die to save an animal", he said. Khan is now back in Hyderabad with his team.

"The tigress" carcass was later taken to Nagpur for a post-mortem examination. "The doubts raised regarding the killing will be verified". On November 2, the state's forest department killed the "man-eating tigress" in Yavatmal district. According to a release from the Maharashtra Forest Department (MFD), its officials received "many" phone calls from people near Boarati village on the Borati-Warud-Ralegaon road in Pandharkawda that the tigress was moving about. "I didn't even have time to aim", he said.

"The moment the dart hit, the tigress was a different animal". "So as a reflex action of self-defence, Mr. Asghar fired from a distance of about 8-10 metres.

However, due to dense forest and darkness, they were unable to do so and finally a bullet was sacked in which the tigress fell on the spot", he said.

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Residents who lived in the area were said to be overjoyed after learning of the tiger's death, The New York Times reported. "If a tiger or an elephant comes out of a jungle and kills people, I will stand by those people", he said. In addition, the standard operating procedures in place to deal with such situations - issued by the Government of India's National Tiger Conservation Authority - were also ignored in Avni's case.

"Instead of lodging a complaint with the chief minister, the Union minister can order a high-level inquiry into the incident by a Supreme Court judge or a committee of Supreme Court judges", Mungantiwar said. "The only fake case against me was 30 years ago when a toy gun was planted on me to drag me in an Arms Act case. There is something seriously wrong here", the source said. The top court declined to overturn the shooting order, but said an attempt must first be made to tranquilize the tigress.

That's when Khan said he shot the tiger.

Services of controversial private marksman Shafat Ali Khan was also hired by the forest department. Neither Shafat nor any senior Maharashtra wildlife official could be reached on phone for their comments or explanations.

The authority is the highest statutory panel responsible for providing funding to state governments for tiger conservation. Incidentally, it was reliably learnt that many officials involved in the field operations and supervision, were not aware of a second shoot permit being issued till well after the tigress was killed.

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