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Tigress Avni was killed to save Anil Ambani's project, says Raj Thackeray

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Tigress Avni was killed to save Anil Ambani's project, says Raj Thackeray
08 November, 2018
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray lashes out at Maharashtra govt over killing of tigress Avni. Speaking to reporters on Wendesday, Thackeray claimed he had learnt that tigress Avni was killed by the BJP-led Maharashtra government to "save" a proposed project of industrialist Anil Ambani in Yavatmal. 

"I have learnt that Avni was killed to save Anil Ambani's project. The government has sold its conscience to Ambani," Thackeray told reporters in Mumbai.

"I feel sad about the deaths of people (killed by the tigress). But it happens across the world. When people encroach on forest land and in the periphery of habitats of wild animals, they attack humans," he said.

"There was no need to kill the tigress. She could have been tranquilised. (Forest Minister Sudhir) Mungantiwar is making reckless statements which can cost him his cabinet berth," Thackeray said.

A spokesperson of the Anil Ambani group, when contacted, said the group has no project in Yavatmal district. A district official in Yavatmal also said the site of the proposed project by the Ambani group is far away from the area where the tigress was shot.

The tigress, officially known as T1, was believed to have killed 13 people in the last two years. It was killed on November 2 by Ali in Maharashtra's Yavatmal district as part of an operation. The big cat has left behind two 10-month-old cubs.

The killing of the tigress Avni led to an outrage among animal lovers and wildlife organisation. Union minister Maneka Gandhi had lashed out at the Maharashtra government calling it a "ghastly murder".

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