Tigress Avni, who is believed to be responsible for the deaths of 13 people in the past two years, was killed in Maharashtra's Yavatmal on Friday as part of an operation. "She will become an even more powerful force in her tragic, unforgivable death", he wrote on Facebook. Avni is survived by her two cubs who are 10 months old.She was shot dead by sharp-shooter Asgar Ali, son of famous sharp-shooter Nawab Shafat Ali, at compartment no 149 of Borati forest under the jurisdiction of the Ralegaon police station.
"It was the location where three [previous] human kills had occurred", Asghar Ali Khan, a 37-year-old hunter from the Indian city of Hyderabad, told ABC News. Maharashstra state's forestry department branding Avni a man-eater cleared the way for a hunt.
Avni was first spotted in the forests of Yavatmal in 2012. The team, he said, included a forest official carrying a tranquilizer gun.
"The moment the dart hit, the tigress was a different animal".
Numerous bodies were decapitated as she dragged her prey away. "I was not a minister then", he added. "It is impossible to have shot the dart with such textbook precision at the most preferred location on the animal's body in darkness", he said.
"It was in self-defense", he noted. Neither Shafat nor any senior Maharashtra wildlife official could be reached on phone for their comments or explanations. After following these guidelines and holding deliberations with concerned officials, the Principal Chief Conservator of Forest gives an order to shoot an animal, he added.
Activists had campaigned to save the tiger, but India's Supreme Court said it would not interfere if forest rangers were forced to shoot it. But the animal's fate was sealed a few weeks ago when the case reached India's Supreme Court.
Indian media also reported officials had acknowledged that no vet was present during the hunt, as required by the court order. On November 2, the state's forest department killed the "man-eating tigress" in Yavatmal district.More news: Mac Miller's Cause of Death Revealed to Be Fentanyl and Cocaine
He claimed that Maharashtra's tiger population had gone up by around 25 per cent in the last four years due to various initiatives of the state government since he took charge as the forest minister.
She accused Khan of fabricating the facts.
He said he was not scared of such allegations, and would continue to stand by those whose lives were threatened by elephants and tigers venturing out of forests. "The tigress had killed 13 people".
Officials said the post-mortem of the tigress would be conducted at Nagpur's Gorewada rescue centre.
Activists have now turned their attention to the fate of the tiger's two cubs, who are still in the wild.
Not surprisingly, with general elections just a little over six months away, political reactions have come fast and furious.
Mungantiwar criticised his party colleague's role as minister for women and child development.