He added that there was unrest among local farmers and tribals after she had reportedly killed 13 people in the past two years.
According to the forest department, Ali shot Avni in "self-defence" after she allegedly attacked him at about 11.45 pm in Borati-Warud area after a failed attempt to tranquillise her. Despite several requests from many stakeholders, Mungantiwar, Minister for Forests, Maharashtra, gave orders for the killing. Gandhi also alleged that Avni's killing was a crime, that Asgar Ali Khan's presence in the hunting party was "illegal" and that he was not following orders when he shot and killed Avni.
T1 is said to have been shot dead by Ashgar Ali Khan, son of India's most famous hunter Nawab Shafath Ali Khan, who was meant to be leading the hunt but was not present Friday night.
Friday night's shooting near the town of Pandharkawda has triggered controversy over the legality of Avni's killing.
"His son [Asgar Ali] was not authorised to kill", Gandhi said.
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His father Shafat Ali khan who belongs to Hyderabad's Nizam family expressed disappointment over Avani getting shot and said that the killing of man-eater was never on agenda.
The case of the tigress, nicknamed "Avni", had gone all the way up to the Supreme Court, pitting villagers, who wanted the tigress put down, against wildlife lovers and activists, who said there was no reason to believe T1 was a habitual human attacker.
Speaking to Firstpost, Meet Ashar, the lead emergency response coordinator for PETA India, said, "Avni was killed illegally satisfying a hunter's lust for blood, plain and simple, in possible contempt of court and in apparent violation of the Wildlife Protection Act and the guidelines of National Tiger Conservation Authority". "Ministers and secretaries do not sit in Mumbai and protect forest and animal species". Incidentally, it was reliably learnt that many officials involved in the field operations and supervision, were not aware of a second shoot permit being issued till well after the tigress was killed.
Endangered elephants and tigers kill on average one person a day, according to government figures.
When queried about the two cubs of the deceased tigress, Mr. Mungantiwar said that the two were now almost 11 months old and capable of survival in the wild. "When we plant trees, NGOs do not come forward and lend a helping hand".