Tigress Avni Killing: Maneka Gandhi Asks for Maharashtra Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar Resignation
Tigress Avni shot dead. Representational Image (Photo credits: Pixabay)

New Delhi, November 6: Union Minister Maneka Gandhi on Tuesday asked Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to consider removing forest minister Sudhir Mungantiwar from his post. According to a tweet by ANI, Maneka said tigress Avni could have been saved if Mungantiwar had been little more patient, sensitive and persistent. "Request you to fix responsibility of killing&consider removing the minister from his post", Gandhi urged Fadnavis.

The tigress was shot dead by sharp-shooter Asgar Ali, who is the son of famous sharp-shooter Nawab Shafat Ali. The incident took oat compartment no 149 of Borati forest under the jurisdiction of the Ralegaon police station.  Tigress Avni Killing: Rahul Gandhi Protests, Maneka Gandhi Hits Out At Maharashtra Government.

On Sunday, the Women and Child Development Minister lashed out at the state government of Maharashtra over the "ghastly murder" of man-eating tigress Avni and termed it a straight case of crime.

On Monday, Congress President Rahul Gandhi tweeted, "The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated. Mahatma Gandhi #Avni."  Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan hit back at Gandhi's barb at the Centre over the killing of tigress Avni and said that no previous government has worked with the kind of "depth and seriousness" this dispensation has.

The tigress, who is believed to be responsible for the deaths of 13 people in the past two years, was killed in Maharashtra's Yavatmal on Friday as part of an operation. Reports inform that the tigress is survived by her two cubs who are 10 months old.