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Union Environment Ministry forms committee to investigate tiger deaths

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Valpoi: Union Ministry of Forest, Environment and Climate Change on Wednesday constituted a high level committee to inquire into killing of four tigers at Mahadayi Wildlife Sanctuary in Goa.

Deputy Inspector General of Forests Nishant Verma in a office memorandum has announced formation of the committee to inquiry into the instances of deaths of tiger in Mahadayi Wildlife Sanctuary.

Four tigers including a mother and her three cubs were found dead in Mahadayi wildlife sanctuary.

The two member committee constituted by Union ministry is headed by  Rajendra Garawad, a senior official in National Tiger Conservation Authority.

As per the office memorandum, the committee will inquire into the cause of tiger death in this case and also investigate the response/action taken by the concerned State Forest Authorities.

The committee will also suggest further legal course of action as per provisions of Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and as mandated under Standard Operating Procedure of National Tiger Conservation Authority dealing with tiger death.

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