The tigress was the mother of two 10-month old cubs and was known to hunters as T1 but Avni to wildlife lovers.
He added that there was unrest among local farmers and tribals after she had reportedly killed 13 people in the past two years.
The petitioners had challenged the forest department's order to tranquillise and kill tigress "Avni" (T-1), suspected to be roaming in Pandharkavda forests in Yavatmal district. "I am definitely going to take up this case...legally, criminally as well as politically and will take up the matter very strongly with CM Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis", she tweeted. Calling it a 'straight case of crime, ' Gandhi said that despite 'several requests from many stakeholders, ' Maharashtra Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar had chosen to give orders for the killing of Avni.
According to a letter written by the chief conservator of forests to principal conservator of forests A.K. Mishra, who had hired Khan, the hunter chose not to cooperate with forest department officials right from the beginning, and instead went on speaking to the media - despite orders that prohibited him to do so.
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The Forest Department Friday carried out the operation in Borati with the help of sharp-shooter Asgar Ali, they said. "Despite the forest officials being committed to tranquilise, capture and quarantine the tigress, the trigger-happy shooter has killed her on his own under orders of Mungantiwar", the Union minister said.
Elsewhere, TV footage showed locals celebrating and distributing candies, saying they were relieved that the terror unleashed by the tigress was over.
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 tigress was shot dead after it killed five people in the area. The India unit of animal rights organisation PETA - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals - said that Avni was killed "in possible contempt of court and in apparent violation of the Wildlife Protection Act and the guidelines of National Tiger Conservation Authority", PTI reported.
The minister also criticised non-governmental organisations criticising Avni's killing. "But, still the problem has not been solved completely and we want the cubs to be captured at the earliest". "When we plant trees, NGOs do not come forward and lend a helping hand", he said. "We could not have let humans die to save an animal".