Jai, a 250-kilo tiger got missing since April from the Umred Karhandla Sanctuary. The seven-year-old tiger subject of massive hunt and now Maharashtra government wants CBI to look for him.
Central Bureau of Investigation, the country's top investigating agency, should be tasked with finding Jai, the beloved tiger who has been missing since April, the Maharashtra government said.
"I would soon write to Prime Minister demanding CBI investigation for the missing big cat," said Sudhir Mungantiwar, the state's Forest Minister. A massive search operation has failed to discover Jai so far.
Named after Amitabh Bachchan's character in the blockbuster film Sholay, the tiger shot to nationwide fame three years ago after embarking on an epic hike through villages, rivers and perilously dangerous highways in successful pursuit of a mate.
A firm favourite with tourists and conservationists alike, the seven-year-old Jai was last seen at the Umred Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary, where he usually lives, on April 18. Since then, locals have held prayers asking that he be found safe.
Nana Patole, parliamentarian from Maharashtra who belongs to the BJP, has said that he too will ask the PM to intervene. "Along with Jai, his grandfather Rashtrapati, his father Dendu and sibling Viru have also gone missing," the MP said.