Father of the man who had shot Tigress Avani, has now threatened to sue Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi for making “baseless allegations” against his son. This comes after Maneka Gandhi severely criticized the killing of the tigress, calling it a “brutal murder.”
Father of the shooter Shahfat Ali claimed that his son had to kill the tigress in self-defense as she was about to attack him. “My son killed Avni tigress in self-defence as attempt to tranquillise failed and tigress was going to attack. We are going to take legal opinion and we are thinking of suing Minister Maneka Gandhi for making baseless allegations against us,” he told news agency ANI.
Shahfat Ali also came out in his own defense stating that he has never killed an animal without proper Government order. He then further want on slam the people who are levelling baseless allegations while sitting in AC rooms. “People sitting in AC rooms and levelling allegations against us is not right. There is no FIR in any police station or any case in court against me. Till now I haven’t killed any animal without proper government order.” The second remark, many believe was directed at Gandhi.
Earlier, Maneka Gandhi had launched scatching criticism on Maharashtra Government and Forest minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, alleging that the order to kill the tigress was passed despite several requests from various stakeholders. She also demanded resignation from Sudhir Mungantiwar.
“Tigress #Avni could have been saved if Maharashtra forest minister Sudhir Mungantiwar had been little more patient, sensitive and persistent. Request you to fix responsibility of killing&consider removing the minister from his post,” Maneka Gandhi said.
Responding to Gandhi’s criticism and allegations, Mungantiwar said that though he considered the life of the tigress important, he doesn’t consider human life to be any lesser. Justifying the killing he said that the tigress is suspected to have killed atleast 14 people in last two years.
“If party chief and Maharashtra CM think that I am a burden then they can remove me. This can’t be decided by Maneka Ji (Gandhi) and, moreover, she is not authorised to do so…She (Maneka Gandhi) should work against malnutrition and child deaths, rather than seeking someone’s resignation. I also think tigers are important but I feel human life is equally important. Don’t know what she doesn’t understand,” he had said.