139 tigers killed in India since 2006: Minister
24 Nov 2009, 1943 hrs IST, IANS
NEW DELHI: As many as 139 tigers have been killed in India's forests since 2006, minister of state for environment and forests Jairam Ramesh said on Tuesday. The latest estimate of tigers in the wild in India is a critically low 1,411.
In response to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Ramesh informed the upper house of parliament that 22 tigers were killed in 2006, 30 in 2007, 28 in 2008 and 59 by Nov 13 this year.
The minister said Rs.154.59 crore ($33 million) had been released by the Indian government this fiscal in efforts to protect the tiger.