Avni had not eaten for days be­fore be­ing shot: Au­topsy

Hindustan Times (Patiala) - - Front page - Badri Chat­ter­jee badri.chat­ter­jee@hin­dus­tan­times.com n

Ti­gress Avni died due to excessive in­ter­nal haem­or­rhage and car­dio-res­pi­ra­tory fail­ure and her stom­ach and in­testines were filled with fluid and gas, in­di­cat­ing she had not hunted or eaten for 4-5 days, ac­cord­ing to a pro­vi­sional re­port. The ti­gress, be­lieved to have turned man-eater and killed 13 in Ya­vat­mal, was shot dead last Fri­day.

Seven days af­ter ti­gress T-1, also known as Avni, was killed by the for­est depart­ment in Ya­vat­mal, two in­de­pen­dent probes, one at the na­tional level and the other in Ma­ha­rash­tra, will be con­ducted, as the re­port of the au­topsy con­ducted on her and ac­cessed by HT threw up in­con­sis­ten­cies in the ac­counts of her death.

The first in­ves­ti­ga­tion will be done by the Na­tional Tiger Con­ser­va­tion Author­ity (NTCA) un­der Union en­vi­ron­ment min­istry, which has formed a three­mem­ber panel that will sub­mit its re­port by November 26. The Fad­navis govern­ment has formed a body to study the process in which per­mis­sions were granted to kill the an­i­mal. “Fol­low­ing sev­eral me­dia re­ports about this in­ci­dent, we have de­cided that this com­mit­tee will study the last part of this op­er­a­tion, es­pe­cially the process in which T-1 was al­legedly tran­quil­lised and elim­i­nated,” said Anup Ku­mar Nayak, ad­di­tional di­rec­tor gen­eral, NTCA.

Pe­ti­tioner Jer­ryl A Banait, who ap­proached Supreme Court and Bom­bay high court to stop T-1’s killing, said: “Both re­ports will be bi­ased. There was a need to have an in­de­pen­dent spe­cial in­ves­ti­gat­ing team on this.”

IN­CON­SIS­TEN­CIES

T-1’s au­topsy re­port, which was not pub­licly re­leased by the for­est depart­ment but ac­cessed by HT, read, “In our opin­ion, the ti­gress died of excessive in­ter­nal haem­or­rhages and car­dio-res­pi­ra­tory fail­ure.” She had not eaten in a while as “her stom­ach was fluid filled with no ma­jor solid con­tents”, the re­port read.

“The dart only pierced the sur­face of the ti­gress’s car­cass, which meant that it was merely placed by the for­est team to show that the ti­gress had been tran­quil­lised or else the quan­tity would have been more,” he said.

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