Accused of thrashing police horse Shaktiman, BJP MLA Ganesh Joshi arrested

After much outrage over BJP MLA Ganesh Joshi allegedly beating up a police horse, Shaktiman, with a stick to the point where the animal needed amputation, he was arrested on Friday morning.

Joshi's daughter reacted to the arrest saying she was not worried as the allegations against him were false and he had been framed. "There is no truth in allegations levelled against him," CNN-IBN quoted Joshi as saying.

Accused of thrashing police horse Shaktiman, BJP MLA Ganesh Joshi arrested

Screenshot from CNN-IBN video.

Shaktiman's leg had to be amputated after the assault. The surgery was conducted at a veterinary hospital in Dehradun by a team of doctors led by surgeon Feroze Khambatta. This came hours after Army doctors from Pune said that one of the hind legs of the horse that was fractured will have to be amputated as the animal might lose its life due to spread of gangrene from the wound.

"The surgery has gone as planned," Uttarakhand DGP BS Sidhu had said on Thursday night after a limb of the horse, which was still in pain and could not stand on its feet, was removed, three days after the attack that sparked an outrage and led to an FIR being filed against Joshi. "The surgery was basically necessitated by the fact that the blood supply has ceased to the portion of multiple fractures and it was essential for saving the life of the animal. We got the best possible surgeon in the country to perform the surgery and we hope he will be able to survive," Sidhu had said.

Stating that Shaktiman will take a month to recover from the surgery, Sidhu said that in the meantime he will be given temporary prosthetic aid in the form of artificial legs which will be tailor made to his specifications. "Army doctors are attending on the horse. We are doing everything we can to help it recover fully from the injuries," Dehradun SSP Sadanand Daate had said.

Ruling Congress and opposition BJP in Uttarakhand had on Tuesday exchanged charges over the police horse 'Shaktiman' getting injured after being allegedly attacked by Joshi even as the issue dominated the social media with people pouring their wrath on the Mussoorie legislator for showing cruelty to the hapless animal.

Police had registered a case against Joshi and his supporters under Cruelty to Animals Act in connection with the incident, while several animal rights activists including Puja Bahukhandi had also lodged a police complaint against the Mussoorie MLA for his "inhuman" act.

When intercepted by police near Rispana bridge on way to the state assembly during a protest march, BJP workers had tried to jump over the barricades prompting security personnel, including the mounted police, to swing into action to control the protesters.

This had enraged Joshi who allegedly began hitting a 13-year-old police horse named Shaktiman with a stick, causing fracture in one of its hind legs. After news about the horse being injured during protests by BJP spread, Chief Minister Harish Rawat had visited the stable located at the police lines where it has been kept for treatment.

Rawat had asked sub-inspector Shyam Singh Chauhan, who is looking after the injured animal, to take good care of the horse in consultation with veterinary doctors. Rawat also asked Dehradun SSP Sadanand Daate to take the help of doctors of the Veterinary Hospital, Chennai.

"A look at the horse shows the excruciating pain the animal is undergoing. A political party should not vent its frustration on a hapless animal in this manner. "Political workers must learn the value of restraint and tolerance. It seems the word tolerance does not exist in BJP's dictionary," Rawat said.

(With inputs from PTI)

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Updated Date: Mar 18, 2016 15:07:49 IST

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