Rahul Gandhi, Harsh Vardhan spar over killing of tigress, Avni
Hitting back at Rahul Gandhi for slamming Centre over the killing of tigress Avni (T-1), Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan said that no previous government has worked with the kind of "depth and seriousness" this dispensation has. The government does not need a certificate from Rahul Gandhi, Vardhan added. Avni was reportedly responsible for the deaths of 13 people in the past two years.
Quoting Mahatma Gandhi, Rahul criticizes Centre for Avni's death
Meanwhile, BJP Minister Maneka calls it "straight case of crime"
Asked if his ministry has sought a report, the Environment Minister said, "This is a natural process. Whenever there is any incident, report comes to the department." Meanwhile, animal rights activist and the Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi yesterday lashed out at the BJP-led Maharashtra government over the "ghastly murder" of the man-eating tigress, calling it a "straight case of crime".
Will take the matter up with Maharashtra CM: Maneka
Maneka had said she was deeply saddened by the way the tigress was brutally killed. "It is nothing but a straight case of crime. Despite several requests from many stakeholders, (Sudhir) Mungantiwar, Minister for Forests, Maharashtra, gave orders for the killing," she said in a series of tweets adding she will take the matter up with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
Maneka termed the killing as lack of empathy for animals
Maneka also called the shooter, Shafat Ali Khan, a criminal
Maneka can order high-level probe if she desires: Mungantiwar
In a counter-attack, Mungantiwar said today that Maneka "lacks information" on the issue and that she can order a high-level probe, if she so desires. The killing of Avni, which is survived by her two 10-month-old cubs, has also been criticized by various other bodies.
Avni killed to satisfy a hunter's lust for blood: PETA
Animal rights body PETA India said on Saturday the killing of the tiger, as part of an operation in Maharashtra, should be investigated and treated as a wildlife crime. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India said Avni was killed "illegally to satisfy a hunter's lust for blood", in contempt of court and in apparent violation of the Wildlife Protection Act.Share this timeline