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On November 2, 2018, Avni was shot dead in Yavatmal(File Photo/Representative Image)

13 months after tigress Avni’s killing, Maharashtra government reopens probe

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 10, 2020 04:54 AM IST
On November 2, 2018, Avni was shot dead in Yavatmal by Asghar Ali Khan, son of independent hunter Nawab Shafath Ali Khan, who had been hired by the forest department. Avni had allegedly killed 13 people since June 2016, forcing the forest department to initiate a hunt for her.
Avni was shot dead in Ralegaon taluka of Yavatmal district on November 2 by Asghar Ali Khan after a months-long search in which 200 hunters were deployed. The big cat was accused of killing 13 people and labelled a problem tigress.(File Photo)
Avni was shot dead in Ralegaon taluka of Yavatmal district on November 2 by Asghar Ali Khan after a months-long search in which 200 hunters were deployed. The big cat was accused of killing 13 people and labelled a problem tigress.(File Photo)

Hunters who killed tigress Avni were not authorised, says panel

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2019 11:26 PM IST
A committee investigating the killing of tigress Avni, or T-1, in a Maharashtra forest has determined that controversial hunter, Asghar Ali Khan, was guilty of shooting her to death without being authorised to do so by the state’s chief wildlife warden (CWLW).
Wednesday’s arrest of Jyoti Randhawa and a friend by forest guards on charges of poaching in the Katarniya ghat sanctuary in the jungles of Dudhwa, Uttar Pradesh comes 18 months after his name figured in an investigation by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) on the illegal import of firearms from Slovenia by competitive shooters who were also allegedly involved in poaching.(PTI)
Wednesday’s arrest of Jyoti Randhawa and a friend by forest guards on charges of poaching in the Katarniya ghat sanctuary in the jungles of Dudhwa, Uttar Pradesh comes 18 months after his name figured in an investigation by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) on the illegal import of firearms from Slovenia by competitive shooters who were also allegedly involved in poaching.(PTI)

Golfer Jyoti Randhawa arrested on poaching charges also in DRI’s firearms report

PUBLISHED ON DEC 28, 2018 12:07 AM IST
Randhawa, and his Italian mastiffs were also involved in the controversial shooting of Avni, a tigress, in Yavatmal last month by Asghar Ali Khan.
Tigress T1, also known as Avni, was killed in Yavatmal earlier this month.(AFP)
Tigress T1, also known as Avni, was killed in Yavatmal earlier this month.(AFP)

Had no option but to kill tigress Avni: Maharashtra forest minister

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2018 08:19 PM IST
The Opposition legislators asked why Avni was not tranquilised and raised questions over selection of the shooter despite his controversial background
The orphaned cubs of man-eating tiger Avni killed in a state-sanctioned hunt have been spotted in a forest in Maharashtra and could be rescued and rehabilitated.(AFP)
The orphaned cubs of man-eating tiger Avni killed in a state-sanctioned hunt have been spotted in a forest in Maharashtra and could be rescued and rehabilitated.(AFP)

Cubs of tigress Avni, shot in controversial hunt, spotted alive

New Delhi | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2018 03:22 PM IST
Avni, the tigress, was shot dead in early November after being accused of killing more than a dozen villagers, capping off one of India’s most high-profile tiger hunts and angering conservation activists.
Asghar Ali Khan, who shot tigress Avni dead, says she had to depend on humans for prey, but outraged activists insist that the human-tiger conflict is not something the authorities should delegate to a ‘shikaari’.(HT Photo/ Representative Image)
Asghar Ali Khan, who shot tigress Avni dead, says she had to depend on humans for prey, but outraged activists insist that the human-tiger conflict is not something the authorities should delegate to a ‘shikaari’.(HT Photo/ Representative Image)

Man who killed tigress Avni defends self, wildlife experts livid

Hindustan Times, Masinagudi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2018 01:07 PM IST
Asghar Ali Khan, who shot the ‘man-eater’ dead, says the tigress had to depend on humans for prey, but outraged activists insist that the human-tiger conflict is not something the authorities should delegate to a ‘shikaari’
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