Shafath Ali Khan and Ashgar Ali Khan

‘Avni’ shooters accuse vets of using zoo tigers urine illegally


In a twist to the 2019 shooting case of Pandharkawada tigress T1, popularly known as Avni, the men who shot her stated that the veterinarians had “illegally” sprinkled urine of a female tigress from Maharajbagh Zoo on the road to capture the tigress only “to make it more ferocious”.

In an affidavit submitted before the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court through counsel Masood Shareef on Wednesday, shooters Shafath Ali Khan and Asghar Ali Khan blamed veterinarians Dr Chetan Patond and Dr Sunil Bawaskar for putting their and the villagers’ lives in peril. Avni, which was declared a problem tigress after allegedly turning man-eater was shot on November 2, 2018.

This article was published by the Times of India on February 11, 2021.