Two com­mit­tees to probe ti­gress death

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI/STATE -

MUM­BAI: Ex­actly a week af­ter ti­gress Avni was shot dead in the forests of Pand­harkawada forests of Ya­vat­mal district, two sep­a­rate com­mit­tees have been formed to look into the al­le­ga­tions of vi­o­la­tions and pro­ce­dures.

While a four-mem­ber panel has been in­sti­tuted by the Ma­ha­rash­tra govern­ment, an­other was formed by Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment, For­est & Cli­mate Change.

On 2 November, ti­gress T1, known by nick­name, Avni, aged be­tween five and six years, was shot dead near the Bo­rati vil­lage in Pand­harkavda divi­sion of Ya­vat­mal in Vi­darbha re­gion.

Ma­ha­rash­tra For­est Min­is­ter Sud­hir Mun­gan­ti­war was un­der fire for Avni’s death. How­ever, he main­tained the nec­es­sary rules of the Na­tional Tiger Con­ser­va­tion Author­ity (NTCA) was fol­lowed.

The 3-mem­ber panel of Cen­tre’s MoEF-NTCA will probe into the “fi­nal op­er­a­tion” that elim­i­nated T1, as per the memo by Dr Vaib­hav C Mathur, asst IG, NTCA.

The mem­bers are OP Kaler, ex­addl chief con­ser­va­tor of forests, Jose Louies, dy di­rec­tor & chief, Wildlife Con­trol Divi­sion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Wildlife Trust of In­dia and He­mant Kamdi, asst IG, NTCA, Nagpur. It will sub­mit its re­port by Nov 26. The state panel or­dered by Mun­gan­ti­war to find out if guide­lines and pro­ce­dures were not vi­o­lated has four mem­bers —SH Patil, chief con­ser­va­tor of for­est, Dr Bi­lal Habib from WII, Anish And­he­ria, chief of Wildlife Con­ser­va­tion Trust and Nitin Kakod­kar, addl chief con­ser­va­tor.

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