Jerryl Banait, a vet and activist in Karnataka state who had launched appeals against the order with NGO Earth Brigade Foundation and the National Tiger Conservation Authority, described the shooting as "cold-blooded murder". "They are the ones who are actually helping in animal conservation", he said.
The minister said that Avni's killing had forced 'two cubs at the edge of a sad death in the absence of their mother'.
Perplexed at her unrelenting stance in the matter, the state forest minister went on to suggest that Maneka Gandhi should work against malnutrition and child deaths, rather than seeking someone's resignation.
Tigress Avni was shot dead as a last resort when all attempts to tranquilise her failed and she attacked officials, said Maharashtra Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar Sunday. She also vowed to take up the case "legally, criminally as well as politically". He is a criminal known for supplying guns to anti- nationals and for a suspected case of murder in Hyderabad. "I fail to understand why a state government should even bother about such a man let alone hire his services for illegal and inhuman acts", she said.
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"She (Gandhi) loves animals. I am consulting my battery of lawyers tomorrow and, if they advise me, will sue the minister", Khan told The Indian Express. "The minister's slanderous tweets against me have created a lot of consternation among many of my friends, relatives and business associates". Finally, I was called and after an operation that lasted 35 days and nights, I killed her. Which court has given that verdict against me?
Indian media also reported officials had acknowledged that no vet was present during the hunt, as required by the court order.
The sharpshooter demanded that Gandhi apologise and step down from her post as minister. Then the court ordered there will be a trained veterinarian along with the hunter.
A police official said, "Avni was shot dead by sharp-shooter Asgar Ali, son of famous sharp-shooter Nawab Shafat Ali, at compartment number 149 of Borati forest under the jurisdiction of the Ralegaon police station". "Despite several requests from many stakeholders, Mungantiwar, the Minister for Forests, Maharashtra, gave orders for the killing", she had said in another tweet. Both Mungantiwar and Gandhi are members of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
The Union women and child development minister had slammed Mungantiwar for hiring private marksmen for carrying out hunting operations in the state, including the killing of tigress Avni +. Once hit, the tigress charged the patrol's vehicle and she was killed by a single shot from a distance of between eight and 10 metres (26-33 ft), the statement said.