Tigress T1 Avni, Responsible for 13 Deaths, Shot Dead in Maharashtra

Tigress T1 Avni, Responsible for 13 Deaths, Shot Dead in Maharashtra

Finally putting at rest, the battle of the forest department and animal rights and wildlife activists, man eater Tigress Avni, who was believed to kill 13 people in Maharashtra in the last two years, yesterday evening was shot dead in Yavatmal district of the state.

In September, the Supreme Court during dealing with the petitions filed by NGOs working for wildlife welfare, declined to intervene with the decision given by the Bombay High Court, in which it upheld PCCF's decision of shoot-at-sight order.

The forest department on the basis of it's probe and camera trapped images, concluded that T1 is responsible for each of the human deaths in the area.

It was also claimed that the tigeress T1, on August 5, had killed two persons of Vedshi village, on August 11, it drew blood again, and killed Waghuji Raut of Vihirgaon and on August 28, Nagorav Junghare of Pimpalshenda. Death of these persons had created an public outrage.

Nonetheless, since June 2016 to August 28 this year, around 13 villagers, most of which were graziers, have been killed by the tigers in the Ralegaon tehsil of Pandharkawda.

On September 4 the Principal Chief Conservator of Forest(PCCF), had issued orders to first sedate and trap the tigress, and shot her dead in case, if the forest officials fail to trap the tigress.

In pursuance of the order, a Hyderabad-based hunter Nawab Shafath Ali Khan and his team had been called in for the purpose and Asgar Ali, son of Nawab Shafat Ali, at compartment number 149 of Borati forest under the jurisdiction of the Ralegaon police station shot dead man-eater tigress Avni.

As per the sources, forest department will also address a press conference in Nagpur today for the same where it will share the details of the operation