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File cases against Avni’s shooter

The State level panel inquiring into Avni or tigress T1’s death has called for ‘immediate’ registration of cases against sharp shooter Asghar Ali Khan, who it not only considered ‘prima facie guilty of unauthorised shooting’ to kill the tigress, but also for ‘clandestinely’ tampering with evidence by removing the weapons and scheduled drugs used in
the killing without informing authorities.

The committee led by the State’s Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) noted that this “opens up the possibility of such important evidence being tampered with. Therefore, appropriate cases should be immediately registered against Mr. Khan under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, by the forest authorities and under the Arms Act and the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act by the police authorities.

The committee has submitted its report and we are establishing its facts. As for the role of the shooter, once he submits a copy of licence we will examine if there were any loopholes in his conduct. There are two facts to be scrutinized: one, whether he had a licence or not and the other if the shooting was without prescribing to guidelines, stressing that the government is looking at both the aspects.

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