New Delhi: After Union Minister and animal rights activist Maneka Gandhi alleged that a criminal known for supplying guns to anti-nationals killed the tigress at the behest of minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, the sharp-shooter who had been assigned to shoot Avni (T1) threatened to sue Gandhi for the utterly defamatory and baseless allegations against him.
Navab Shafath Ali Khan who had been assigned the task of shooting the man-eater tigress in Yavatmal, by the Maharashtra government questioned the remarks made by Gandhi and sought answers from her as to how he was being labeled as ‘terrorist’.
Khan while speaking to the media said, “She has called me a terrorist and an anti-national. Can she please tell me what act of terrorism I have indulged in? How am I an anti-national when so many state governments have been hiring my services? She can’t speak such ill against anyone just because she is a minister. I am consulting my battery of lawyers tomorrow and, if they advise me, will sue the minister.”
He further said that Gandhi’s tweet has generated a lot of anxiety among his family and friends and his professional domain. He added that Gandhi must prove her point while providing evidence against him that he isn’t a terrorist. Khan said, “The only fake case against me was 30 years ago when a toy gun was planted on me to drag me in an Arms Act case. I was honorably acquitted by a court then. Nobody has a right to call me names 30 years after.”
Gandhi, in a series of tweets, had targeted the Maharashtra government for “illegally” murdering the tigress and even questioned the government’s decision to hire Khan who was a “criminal”, as stated by the Union Minister. Gandhi tweeted, “Shafat Ali Khan has killed 3 tigers, at least 10 leopards, a few elephants and 300 wild boars in Chandrapur, Maharashtra. He is a criminal known for supplying guns to anti-nationals and for a suspected case of murder in Hyderabad.