Tigress Avni killing: Shooter Asghar violates three laws, says NTCA reports

First Published 6, Dec 2018, 8:11 PM IST
Tigress Avni killing: Shooter Asghar violates three laws, says NTCA reports
Highlights

The report available to MyNation displays shooter Asghar's evident lapses and violation of Section 3(1) of the Arms Act, 1958; the Indian Veterinary Council Act, 1984; the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, and NTCA Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)

Nagpur: The final report by National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) committee completely contradicts with sharpshooter Asghar Ali Khan's theory of self-defense in the gunning down of Pandharkawda tigress T1, aka Avni on November 2 at Borati, Maharashtra.

The two-member committee comprising retired additional principal chief conservator of forests OP Kaler and NGO Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) member Jose Louies was constituted on November 8. The mandate of the panel was to inquire into the final operation to eliminate T1. The committee submitted its report on November 28.

Reports available to MyNation display shooter Asghar's evident lapses and violation of Section 3(1) of the Arms Act, 1958; the Indian Veterinary Council Act, 1984; the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, and NTCA Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).

The report further stated that Asghar Ali Khan was in possession of two loaded guns at the time of elimination of T-1 and he does not remember the make, model and specifications of the guns. The report also stated that an unauthorised person handled the veterinary drugs during the elimination operation of tigress Avni.

Tigress Avni, officially known as T1, was shot dead on November 2 around 11 PM at Maharashtra's dense Yavatmal district forest. The killing was carried out by the controversial marksman, Shafath Ali Khan's son, Asgar Ali. The tigress was survived by two cubs, which were often spotted together through camera traps.

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