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Vidya Balan to play forest officer in her next based on tigress Avni: report

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2020 03:11 PM IST
According to a new report, Vidya Balan will play a forest officer in her next film that is based on the controversial killing of a tigress named Avni in Maharashtra in 2018.
On November 2, 2018, Avni was shot dead in Yavatmal(File Photo/Representative Image)
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.
The Nagpur bench of the Bombay high court (HC) on Thursday issued notices to hunters Asghar Ali Khan, his father Shafath, the Maharashtra government, the forest department, National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and the Yavatmal district administration regarding the killing of tigress T1 or Avni in November 2018.(AFP)
The Nagpur bench of the Bombay high court (HC) on Thursday issued notices to hunters Asghar Ali Khan, his father Shafath, the Maharashtra government, the forest department, National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and the Yavatmal district administration regarding the killing of tigress T1 or Avni in November 2018.(AFP)

T1 killing: State, NTCA, hunters get HC notices

Mumbai | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 28, 2019 02:59 AM IST
The respondents have to submit their reply within eight weeks of the order date.
Two months after tigress T-1, better known as Avni, was put down in Maharashtra by hired hunters on suspicions of having turned into a man-eater, the state animal welfare board has decided contract killing of ‘problematic’ animals will no longer be given to recreational or trophy hunters.(Vipin Kumar /HT PHOTO)
Two months after tigress T-1, better known as Avni, was put down in Maharashtra by hired hunters on suspicions of having turned into a man-eater, the state animal welfare board has decided contract killing of ‘problematic’ animals will no longer be given to recreational or trophy hunters.(Vipin Kumar /HT PHOTO)

After tigress Avni’s death, Maharashtra to stop hiring hunters to kill animals

Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee
UPDATED ON JAN 12, 2019 07:47 AM IST
A resolution to this effect was passed by the board of 20 members, chaired by BJP MP Poonam Mahajan, during its meeting last month after advocate and member Ambika Hiranandani raised the issue.
One of India's most high-profile tiger hunts in decades ended November 2, 2018, when the mother of two 10-month old cubs — known to hunters as T1 but Avni to wildlife lovers — was shot dead in the jungles of Maharashtra, after being suspected of becoming a man-eater.(AFP)
One of India's most high-profile tiger hunts in decades ended November 2, 2018, when the mother of two 10-month old cubs — known to hunters as T1 but Avni to wildlife lovers — was shot dead in the jungles of Maharashtra, after being suspected of becoming a man-eater.(AFP)

After tigress Avni’s death, Maharashtra to stop hiring hunters to kill ‘problematic’ animals

Hindustan Times | By Badri Chatterjee, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 12, 2019 12:42 AM IST
A resolution to this effect was passed by the state animal welfare board, chaired by BJP MP Poonam Mahajan, during its meeting last month
People protest in Pune against the killing of tigress Avni.(Rahul Raut / HT File)
People protest in Pune against the killing of tigress Avni.(Rahul Raut / HT File)

Rules broken, guidelines violated in killing tigress Avni, says report

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON DEC 05, 2018 10:06 AM IST
On November 2, Avni was shot dead by a team of forest staff members, and Asghar Ali, the son of independent sharpshooter Nawab Shafat Ali Khan, who was hired by the forest department. The department wanted to either tranquilise the animal or kill it, as Avni was said to have killed 13 people since June 2016.
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
Avni was killed by hunter Asghar Ali Khan on November 2.(AFP/File Photo)
Avni was killed by hunter Asghar Ali Khan on November 2.(AFP/File Photo)

Cubs of slain tigress Avni spotted, to be rescued soon

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee
PUBLISHED ON NOV 15, 2018 11:18 PM IST
A day after Union minister Maneka Gandhi said the Maharashtra forest department had done nothing to rescue the two cubs of slain tigress Avni, a forest patrol said it spotted two 10-month-old cubs in Vihirgaon range of the Pandharkawada forest area in Yavatmal on Thursday morning.
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’
Thousands of people took part in a protest in Mumbai on Sunday, November 11, 2018, against the killing of tigress T-1, also known as Avni.(Bhushan Koyande / HT Photo)
Thousands of people took part in a protest in Mumbai on Sunday, November 11, 2018, against the killing of tigress T-1, also known as Avni.(Bhushan Koyande / HT Photo)

Hundreds throng Mumbai’s Shivaji Park to demand justice for slain tigress Avni

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON NOV 12, 2018 11:16 AM IST
The protesters in Mumbai displayed black flags, posters and banners and raised slogans. They also demanded resignation of Maharashtra forest minister Sudhir Mungantiwar.
This handout photo released by the Maharashtra Forest Department on November 3, 2018 shows the dead body of the tiger known to hunters as T1 after being shot in the forests of India's Maharashtra state near Yavatmal. Avni, a man-eating tigeress that claimed more than a dozen victims in two years has been shot dead, sparking controversy over the legality of its killing.(AFP)
This handout photo released by the Maharashtra Forest Department on November 3, 2018 shows the dead body of the tiger known to hunters as T1 after being shot in the forests of India's Maharashtra state near Yavatmal. Avni, a man-eating tigeress that claimed more than a dozen victims in two years has been shot dead, sparking controversy over the legality of its killing.(AFP)

Maharashtra tigress death: Avni had not hunted or eaten for 4-5 days, says necropsy report

Mumbai | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON NOV 09, 2018 05:16 PM IST
A wildlife expert said that observation of fluid and gas, without any solid content, means that tigress Avni had not hunted or eaten for about 4-5 days, however, it is commonly observed in large cats that they eat 25-30 kg meat on a single day and do not eat for 7 days at a stretch.
A cub’s pug mark at the site of the shooting.
A cub’s pug mark at the site of the shooting.

Maharashtra tigress death: Cubs track Avni’s scent, pug marks at site of shooting

Hindustan Times | By Badri Chatterjee, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON NOV 07, 2018 12:44 AM IST
As a row rages over the killing of the alleged man-eater tigress T-1, or Avni, the forest department said it spotted pug marks of her two 10-month old cubs late on Monday, at the spot where Avni was shot.
According to preliminary reports, Avni was killed only after she attacked staff members who were trying to tranquillise her.(AFP)
According to preliminary reports, Avni was killed only after she attacked staff members who were trying to tranquillise her.(AFP)

Fadnavis: Will probe any procedural lapse in Avni’s killing

Hindustan Times | By Surendra Gangan, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON NOV 06, 2018 12:39 AM IST
It is painful for forest department officials and employees to eliminate the big cat, Fadnavis said, but added that it was in the interest of the human population
Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi lashed out at the Maharashtra government over the “ghastly murder” of the tigress, T1, as she was known officially, calling it a “straight case of crime”.(PTI)
Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi lashed out at the Maharashtra government over the “ghastly murder” of the tigress, T1, as she was known officially, calling it a “straight case of crime”.(PTI)

Order probe into tigress Avni killing if you want: Maharashtra minister tells Maneka Gandhi

Mumbai | By Press Trust of India, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON NOV 05, 2018 11:21 PM IST
Maharashtra forest minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said Union minister Maneka Gandhi “lacks information” on the killing of tigress Avni and can order a high-level probe if she wants to.
The hunt for the tigress, named Avni, began in early September.(ANI/Twitter)
The hunt for the tigress, named Avni, began in early September.(ANI/Twitter)

‘Man-eater’ tigress Avni, believed to have killed 13, shot dead in Maharashtra’s Yavatmal

Yavatmal | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2018 12:22 PM IST
The six-year-old tigress, known as Avni or T1, was the focus of a hunt for over past two months after she allegedly killed human beings in the Pandharkawada forests in eastern Maharashtra last year.
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