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Police horse Shaktimaan, injured during BJP protest, is dead

Dehradun: Days after it got a prosthetic limb, Shaktimaan, an Uttarakhand Police horse which lost a leg in an attack by a Bharatiya Janata Party legislator last month, died on Wednesday, an official said. In
India TV News Desk April 20, 2016 23:19 IST
India TV News Desk

Dehradun: Shaktiman, the police horse which suffered multiple fractures on its left hind leg after being brutally attacked by BJP MLA Ganesh Joshi, died on Wednesday, an official said.

In a bizarre display of cruelty caught on video tape, Ganesh Joshi, the Bharatiya Janata Party legislator from Mussoorie, attacked and severely injured Shaktimaan during a BJP protest against the Harish Rawat government here on March 14.

Shaktiman's leg had to be amputated later. A few days back, a US expert fixed the horse with a prosthetic leg.

The horse's amputation surgery took place two days after its fractures were fixed by external fixation by a group of 10 doctors, six from Pantnagar and four district veterinary officers.

The surgery was conducted after the doctors said that the horse wouldn't be able to survive due to gangrene, Uttarakhand DGP BS Sandhu had said at the time. "The doctors diagnosed that the blood supply to injured portion had stopped because of which the injured leg needed to be amputated," he added.

Earlier in the day, the Dehradun Police informed that the condition of police horse 'Shaktiman', had deteriorated.

The animal welfare group, PETA, had written to BJP president Amit Shah and Uttarakhand Assembly Speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal urging them to investigate the matter and disqualify Joshi.

The Dehradun Police had earlier registered a case against the BJP MLA for allegedly beating the police horse, breaking one of its legs, during a protest against Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat for "misuse" of funds.

(With agencies inputs)