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Avni killing: Hyderabad shooter gets clean chit

HYDERABAD: The Maharashtra woodland division has closed the case towards city-based shooter Asghar Ali Khan within the Avni tigress capturing case.

Forest Development Corporation of Maharashtra Yavatmal department assistant supervisor and investigation officer V S Sarpe has written a letter (a replica of which is with TOI) to Hyderabad police commissioner declaring that the case of T1 tigress has been “investigated, resolved and closed”.

“Shooting of man-eating tigress T1 that had killed 13 people in Yavatmal district has been investigated, resolved and closed by means of this administrative center. Asghar Ali Khan, an approved shooter, in conjunction with his father Nawab Shafath Ali Khan, well-known experts within the man-animal conflict, have been duly approved to undertake the operation to tranquilise or eliminate the damaging man-eater as according to orders of the chief conservator of forests of Yavatmal on October 6, 2018. The orders have been upheld by means of the High Court and Supreme Court therefore,” Sarpe stated.

“Asghar Ali Khan has cooperated and passed over the licensed weapon to the investigation officers after the polls in Telangana. Necessary exams have been performed and the weapon has been returned on January 25,” he stated.

In the letter, dated January 30, 2019, the Maharashtra woodland reliable stated, “the issue in regards to the capturing of T1 has been verified and located to be so as and there is not any violation of the Wild Life Protection Act or Arms Act. Since the shooter was approved by means of the competent authority and the man-eater tigress was shot in self-defence, no violation of regulations were committed. After an in depth investigation, it has been determined to near the topic and drop all lawsuits. So, no action to be initiated.” The ballistic file showed that the bullet that killed T1 was fired from the licensed weapon of Asghar Ali Khan

Nawab Shafath Ali Khan told TOI, “the post-mortem exam file disclosed that tranquillising dart has led to traces of medicine within the muscle groups. This implies that the allegations that darting was finished after capturing are false. It has been cleared that darting was finished at 12m and at 6m, it was shot at because it pounced on the workforce. The compartment by which T1 was shot is within the jurisdiction of woodland construction corporation so that they probed the case.”

Avni was killed on November 2 last by means of Asghar Ali and the incident become a huge controversy. Union ladies and child construction minister Maneka Gandhi had lashed out on the Maharashtra govt over the killing of the tigress and had called the incident a “ghastly homicide and a immediately case of crime”.

Meanwhile, natural world activists expressed anger over the Maharashtra woodland division for ultimate the investigation and demanded a Special Investigation Team, comprising a sitting or retired High Court pass judgement on, be formed to make sure an independent probe. Incidentally, the final file of the National Tiger Conservation Authority's (NTCA) fact-finding committee had in December last raised questions over the best way tigress Avni was killed.

Sanjeev Shiva, activist of the Conservation Lenses and Wild Life (CLAW), stated, “we've been protesting towards calling in Shafath Ali Khan and his son throughout Avni operation. The tranquillising efforts failed due to sabotage. Asghar Ali shot the tigress towards the norms of NTCA throughout the night time. There will have to be a contemporary investigation.”

Priyanka Kota, every other activist, stated “the federal government of Maharashtra was irresponsible in handling the Avni case.”

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