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

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
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.
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File photo of tigress Avni or T-1 along with her cubs before she was killed in Yavatmal on November 2, 2018.(HT file photo)
File photo of tigress Avni or T-1 along with her cubs before she was killed in Yavatmal on November 2, 2018.(HT file photo)

Tigress Avni’s cub to be released in the wild after a year of foster care

By Badri Chatterjee | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2019 08:29 AM IST
The cub will be mature enough by then to take care of herself, state forest department and National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) officials said.
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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

By Badri Chatterjee | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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).
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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

By Badri Chatterjee | Hindustan Times, 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
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File photo of tigress Avni or T-1 along with her cubs before she was killed in Yavatmal on November 2, 2018.(HT File)
File photo of tigress Avni or T-1 along with her cubs before she was killed in Yavatmal on November 2, 2018.(HT File)

Slain tigress Avni’s male cub found, is safe: Forest officials

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Mumbai, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 11, 2019 02:45 PM IST
Forest officials said they spotted slain tigress T-1’s male cub in the forest area next to the one that had been cordoned off to rescue the cub.
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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

By Badri Chatterjee | Hindustan Times, Mumbai, 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.
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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

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, 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
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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

By Jayashree Nandi | Hindustan Times, Masinagudi
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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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

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Mumbai, 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.
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The body of man-eating tigress Avni being brought for post mortem at Gorewada Rescue Centre in Nagpur.(AFP Photo)
The body of man-eating tigress Avni being brought for post mortem at Gorewada Rescue Centre in Nagpur.(AFP Photo)

Officials launch hunt to find tigress Avni’s cubs, say will tranquillise them

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times,
UPDATED ON NOV 04, 2018 11:40 PM IST
A wildlife lover, Dr Jerryl A Banait, said if tranquillised, the cubs will not be able to withstand the sedative effect and succumb to it.
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Handout photo released by the Maharashtra Forest Department on November 3 shows the dead body of tigress Avni after being shot near Yavatmal.(AFP Photo/Maharashtra Forest Department)
Handout photo released by the Maharashtra Forest Department on November 3 shows the dead body of tigress Avni after being shot near Yavatmal.(AFP Photo/Maharashtra Forest Department)

Tigress Avni was shot dead as a last resort: Maharashtra forest minister

By Press Trust of India | Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 05, 2018 10:10 AM IST
The minister further said the right to kill wild species did not lie with his department and that the Centre and the Supreme Court have laid down stringent guidelines for the purpose.
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