Forest Deptt for killing of menacing tigress

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Oct 2017 09:25:02


Special Correspondent,

The Forest Department has moved the High Court informing about its intention to kill the menacing sub-adult tigress that has so far killed four persons and mauled three in Brahmapuri range and Bor tiger reserve.
The tigress had been released in Bor tiger reserve after it was brought from Brahmapuri range, and spent time at Gorewada Rescue Centre.

In his affidavit, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) informed the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court that during last two months, the tigress was moving near human habitat and killed two persons and injured two. The movement tracked through radio collar indicates that the tigress was staying near human habitat and became a threat. Villagers are living under terror and pulling on insecure life following the tigress attacks.

The very same tigress had created havoc in Brahmapuri range after it killed two persons, injured other two and attacked domestic animals in the same areas during summer months. The department had issued shooting order, but following a PIL filed by wildlife enthusiast Dr Jerryl Banait, Forest Department chose to withdraw it due to procedural flaws. The High Court had slammed the forest authorities for issuing shooting order in breach of NTCA guidelines and pulled it for not exhausting the other remedies.

Forest Department then roped in Nawab Shafath Ali Khan, a former national shooting champion from Hyderabad, who fired the dart at the problematic tigress and caged the Brahmapuri beast.

This problematic tigress had killed Bhiwaji Harle, a resident of Wadala in Ashti range on September 19 due to which there was law and order problem. It was followed by another attack on a farmer Surendra Padole on September 27. The third victim of tiger attack was one Panotri Nawade on October 1 and he died. The tigress had travelled a distance of 306 kms during two months and her movements are near the village and human settlement which indicates a trend, the Forest department stated.

A division bench consisting of Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice Swapna Joshi, while granting time to the petitioner to file a rejoinder, adjourned the matter for two weeks.