`Man eater` tigress Avni killed in Maharashtra

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A tigress in India who is suspected of having killed at least 13 people over two years was shot and killed in India after a hunt Friday night, officials said.

Mungantiwar responded by pointing out that the Supreme Court had allowed the tigress to be shot and that it was done only after it tried to attack forest officials who attempted to tranquilise it.

More than 150 people had spent months looking for her including teams of trackers and armed officials on the backs of elephants using infrared cameras, a paraglider, drones and sniffer dogs to capture the man-eating tigress. Speaking with the Times of India, wildlife activist Jerryl Banait said Avni's killing violated the National Tiger Conservation Authority's (NTCA's) rules.

A tranquilliser dart was sacked at the animal.

Broadcaster NDTV said Avni was killed after a huge operation involving sniffer dogs, trip cameras, nearly 200 people and even a hang glider.

Gandhi also expressed concern over the well being of the two cubs left behind after the killing of their mother. 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.

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She also came down heavily on Mungantiwar for giving order to private marksman Shafat Ali Khan's son to carry out the hunting operation."Every time he has used Hyderabad-based shooter Shafat Ali Khan, and this time his son has also appeared in the scene illegally to murder the tigress", she said in a tweet.

Last night, from 6.45 pm onwards, the tigress was sighted by many villagers.

Replying to a query by the bench of justices Bhushan Dharmadhikari and S M Modak, he said no deaths have been reported in the last two months because of these measures. The staff started alerting the passersby about the presence of the tiger. "The tigress died on the spot", according to a statement from the Maharashtra Forest Department. "So as a reflex action of self-defence, Mr. Asghar fired from a distance of about 8-10 metres".

Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi on Sunday lashed out at the BJP-led Maharashtra government for killing Avni.

According to a letter written by the chief conservator of forests to principal conservator of forests A.K. Mishra, who had hired Khan, the hunter chose not to cooperate with forest department officials right from the beginning, and instead went on speaking to the media - despite orders that prohibited him to do so.

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