Police horse Shaktiman dead

horsePolice horse ‘Shaktiman’, which suffered multiple fractures on its hind leg during a BJP protest here last month triggering widespread outrage, died today.

“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 said.

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.

“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,” Garhwal IG 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.”

The horse had lost its leg after it was brutally beaten during clashes between BJP protesters and the police on March 14.

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

Though a case was registered against Joshi under different sections of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act and the IPC, he had maintained that the police have falsely implicated him and “he hasn’t hit the horse.”

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