The tigress, officially as T1 and believed to be responsible for the deaths of 13 people in the past two years., was shot dead by sharp-shooter Asgar Ali in the Borati forest in Maharashtra's Yavatmal district on Friday as part of an operation.
A tranquilliser dart was sacked at the animal.
He further said the right to kill wild species did not lie with his department and that the Centre and the Supreme Court have laid down stringent guidelines for the objective.
Numerous bodies were decapitated as she dragged her prey away.
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The six-year-old cat, nicknamed Avni, had claimed the lives of villagers near the Ralegaon forest in Maharashtra state's Yavatmal District since June 2016. "I was not a minister then", he added.
That's when Khan said he shot the tiger. Neither Shafat nor any senior Maharashtra wildlife official could be reached on phone for their comments or explanations.
Activists had campaigned to save the tiger, but India's Supreme Court said it would not interfere if forest rangers were forced to shoot it.
The bench also questioned the contradictory orders allegedly issued by the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) and Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF).
However, other Indian media reports contradicted this version of events. "Let her produce that court order".
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The petitioners also demanded the grounds on which "Avni" was declared as a "man-eater", contending that the Respondent has no "substantial record" to substantiate its decision to declare her a man-eater. "How did the bullet go from the left side and come out of the right side?" "He is lying through his teeth", she said. Thousands of people in about 20 villages around the forest had lived in a state of fear for months.
Gorewada Rescue Centre personnel bringing the body of the man-eating tigress T1 into a postmortem room at Gorewada Rescue Centre in Nagpur, India, Nov. 3, 2018.
Taking a dig at NGOs criticising the killing of Avni, the minister said the government had been at the forefront of saving tigers on a mission mode and has roped in film megastar Amitabh Bachchan for the objective. The Maharashtra minister said orders to capture the tigress were given when she killed five people.
Activists have now turned their attention to the fate of the tiger's two cubs, who are still in the wild.
In September, the Supreme Court refused to suspend shoot-on-sight orders for Avni, mother to two 10-month cubs, prompting a flurry of online petitions. Both Mungantiwar and Gandhi are members of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
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Rahul quoted Mahatma Gandhi's words, "The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated".