Tigress Avni, suspected to have killed 14, shot dead

Tigress Avni, suspected to have killed 14, shot dead

Tigress Avni (T1) had reportedly killed 14 persons in and around the Yavatmal area of Maharashtra. She was eventually shot dead here late on Friday night.

The tigress had created a state of panic among locals in Yavatmal and was trapped using bait and killed.

Several previous attempts in past months to trap or kill her had come to a naught. This after Supreme Court on September 11 had dismissed a petition filed by animal activists, paving the way for action against Avni.

A day later, shooter Nawab Shafat Ali was called in to participate in search operations which was protested by animal activists. In subsequent days, protests were organised in Nagpur but on ground action to locate the animal continued.

Last month, Nawab went on leave but soon re-joined the operations even as state Congress party began demanding for Indian Army’s intervention. Subsequently, dog squads and power para gliders joined the mission. The search finally bore results on October 30 when the tigress appeared in front of the of the teams and although she killed a woman just a day later, she was shot dead by Nawab’s son Asgar Ali.

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News agency ANI reported that the postmortem of the tigress would be conducted at Nagpur’s Gorewada Rescue Centre and that it could reveal further details.