Father of Shooter, who killed tigress Avni in Yavatmal district of Maharashtra, has threatened to sue Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi. He accused the Union minister of making “baseless allegations” and claimed that his son, Shahfat Ali Khan, killed the tigress in self-defence.
Father of the shooter told leading news agency,’ “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,”
Shahfat Ali Khan also came out in his defence, asserting that he has never killed any animal without proper government order.
Slamming Maneka Gandhi without naming her, Khan said, “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.”
This comes days after Maneka Gandhi criticised the Maharashtra government over the killing of the tigress, terming it as a case of “brutal murder”. She had also demanded that Maharashtra Minister of Finance and Planning – Forests, Sudhir Mungantiwar, should be asked to step down.
“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,” the Union minister had said.