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Shaktiman, police horse injured at BJP rally in Dehradun, dead

BJP MLA Ganesh Joshi, accused of assaulting ‘Shaktiman’ was arrested after national outrage over the incident.

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Uttarakhand former CM Harish Rawat with the body of police horse Shaktiman. (Source: Express)

Police horse ‘Shaktiman’ which was injured during a BJP protest in Dehradun, died on Wednesday.

Shaktiman’s injured leg was amputated last month to stop the spread of gangrene in his body.

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BJP MLA Ganesh Joshi, accused of assaulting the horse was arrested after national outrage over the incident.

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“Shaktiman was injured on March 14 after which we had to operate on him. He was later fitted with an artificial leg. But he was unable to fully recover from an infection,” SSP Dehradun Sadanand Date told PTI.

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Final resting place of Shaktiman. (Source: Express)

The 13-year-old was given a prosthetic leg and was confined to the police lines. It was a well trained horse and part of Uttarakhand Mounted Police for years.

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“The horse passed away at 5.30 PM. He was suffering from medical-related complications. The exact cause will be known only after post-mortem,” IG Garhwal Sanjay Gunjyal said.

Expressing shock over the demise of the horse, former Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat said,”It was a brave soldier of Uttarakhand and died while performing its duty.”

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“Though the artificial limb was put on Shaktiman, it was not working well and he was putting his entire weight on the aother leg. That is why the infection spread. Today also a lot of care was taken and about eight doctors attended to the horse. It is sad that we could not save him,” R S Meena, IG Law and Order, Uttarakhand, told PTI.

Animal rights activist Gauri Maulekhi said, “Shaktiman died the same day when it was attacked and its leg broken. Horses with such weight have very little chance to live on three legs. We were mentally prepared for this but political parties are playing blame games.”

BJP state chief, Ajay Bhatt, also lashed at the govt for its “inadequacy” in medical treatment provided to the horse. “Saddened. The state govt is to be blamed for Shaktiman’s death, the medical treatment was inadequate,” Bhatt said.

 

It was a well trained horse and part of Uttarakhand Mounted Police for years. Across the country, people have stood by Shaktiman and have demanded that action be taken against the BJP MLA for injuring it.

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