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Absence of a vet during Avni killing questioned

Thursday, November 08, 2018
By A Special Correspondent

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The state Veterinarian Practitioners Federation has now jumped into the controversy over the killing of tigress Avni (T1) in the Borati compartment of Pandharkawada forest in Yavatmal district.

In a statement issued here yesterday the state veterinarians apex body has questioned the absence of a qualified veterinarian during the killing of tigress Avni on November 2.

In a letter written to Chief Wildlife Warden of Maharashtra the veterinarian's body termed the orders to tranquilise and capture the tigress was a clear breach of Section 30 (b) of the Indian Veterinary Council Act of 1984. It added that instead of the order being executed by a qualified veterinarian, it was executed by a private sharp-shooter Asgar Ali, son of noted sharp-shooter Nawab Shafat Ali Khan of Hyderabad.

In a statement issued by Federation, its President Chirantan Kadian, argued that although the orders state that there were two veterinarians in the team that eventually killed the tigress, ground reports reveal that neither of the two were present during the operation.

He added that allowing Asgar Ali Khan to operate under such circumstances was willful breach of the law. Terming Asgar Ali as a quack, he said that the shooter was in no position to understand or wait for the drug to take its effect, before using an antidote to revive the animal. He added that if the veterinarian was not a qualified shooter then the operation should have been conducted under his supervision.

Amidst growing chorus demanding sacking of Minister for Forests Sudhir Mungantiwar over the killing of Avni, the chief minister yesterday came to the rescue of his cabinet minister, dismissing the demand and arguing that the orders to kill the man-eating tigress was not given by the cabinet minister and neither does the minister execute the orders, hence there is no question of Mungantiwar stepping down.

He said that he would talk to Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi, over the issue that has sparked off war of words between her and Mungantiwar.

The war of words escalated further with Mungantiwar pointing out to the deaths of children due to malnutrition during her tenure as the minister and remarked that they both together would resign from their cabinet posts simultaneously.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray yesterday plunged into the raging war of words over the controversial killing, arguing that there was no need for killing the tigress, adding that she could have been tranquilised. He added that Mungantiwar is making reckless statements and could cost his cabinet berth.
Meanwhile, sources disclosed that Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray has asked his Sena ministers to raise the issue at the next meeting of the state cabinet. Soon after the killing, the Sena in an editorial in its party mouthpiece 'Saamana' termed the killing as an act of cowardice.

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