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Uttarakhand Police Horse Shaktiman Dies

Shaktiman, after his operation. Credit: PTI

Shaktiman, after his operation. Credit: PTI

Shaktiman, the police horse injured during a BJP protest in Uttarakhand last month died on Wednesday, an NDTV report says.

Shaktiman was part of the Uttarakhand Mounted Police for years. The mare was allegedly attacked by Ganesh Joshi, a BJP MLA from Mussoorie, along with other BJP members, during a BJP protest in Dehradun on March 14. She suffered fractures in one of her hind legs during the protest, which later had to be amputated.

The 13-year-old was given a prosthetic leg from the US but was not responding to it and was unable to stand. She spent her last few days at the police lines in Dehradun, looked after by a group of policemen.

Joshi, who was charged with cruelty and maiming an animal, was arrested and later released on bail. A BJP worker, Pramod Bora, was also arrested in connection with the incident.

The horse fell with her entire weight on her hind legs under the impact of Joshi’s attack with a lathi, while Bora pulled her reins to one side, Dehradun SSP Sadanand Daate had said. Visuals of the mare being attacked had created an outrage across the country.

Several people had argued that the mare should have been euthanised because of the pain and discomfort it was going through.

The BJP has been demanding withdrawal of the cases lodged against its workers, with the leader of opposition in the state assembly Ajay Bhatt asserting that they were being framed at the behest of the state government to cow down the opposition.

However, the (now ousted) Chief Minister Harish Rawat had refused to withdraw the cases, saying he does not believe in interfering in police investigations, which should be carried out independently.

(With PTI inputs)