The shelved plan would have put India’s one-horned rhino population under increased threat from poachers. Concerns had been raised in India as well In with Assam Forest minister Parimal Suklabaidya raising concern that the decision may give a boost to rhino poachers.
The sudden move follows an intervention by Union Minister Maneka Gandhi, who is believed to have opposed Khan's involvement in the operation, which began last week after the Supreme Court upheld the shoot order against the man-eater tigress.
“Although some of them said they had seen a tiger, we could not confirm it. We decided to lay seven camera traps at different locations in Lalgarh, out of which two were in the Madhupur forest zone. These two cameras caught the animal on Friday morning.”
The video showing a tigress chasing a tourist vehicle in the buffer zone of Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve( TATR) in Chandrapur district set alarm bells ringing in TATR administration. The road where it happened has been closed for safari rides.