People come together for Avni, cubs

People come together for Avni, cubs

Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam with protesters in Mumbai on Sunday.

Shattered by the killing of tigress Avni and concerned for her two cubs, hundreds of people took to the streets in over two dozen cities in India and abroad on Sunday.

Protesters held silent marches in Nagpur and Mumbai, holding placards to express their shock over the killing of Avni.

Maharashtra Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar came under sharp attack from the protesters.

Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam, who took part in protests, reiterated the demand for a CBI probe into the case.

"With just circumstantial evidence, she was held responsible for several human deaths. The Supreme Court clearly laid down the procedure for her capture which was to secure the cubs, and to first attempt to tranquilise her. She was, however, shot dead without any attempt to tranquilise. This happened in the middle of the night in complete violation of the protocol. Also, a trophy hunter was hired for this purpose against all wildlife laws," a press statement said.

According to the statement, protests were held in Delhi, Mumbai, Nagpur, Udaipur, Kolkata, Surat, Ranthambore, Bengalaru, Pune, Thiruvananthapuram, Hyderabad, Goa, Vizag, Guwahati, Manipur, Coimbatore, Siliguri, Chandigarh, Gonda and Jalpaiguri.

Protests were also held in the US, Canada and South Africa among other places.