Dehradun: BJP MLA Ganesh Joshi who is accused of allegedly attacking police horse Shaktiman, was arrested on Friday morning in Dehradun.
The attack had sparked an outrage and led to an FIR being filed against Joshi on Sunday, for allegedly breaking one of Shaktiman’s legs, during a protest against Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Monday for “misuse” of funds.
The injured hind leg on the horse was amputated in an emergency life-saving surgery on Thursday late night.
The surgery was conducted at a veterinary hospital here by a team of doctors led by surgeon Feroze Khambatta, hours after Army doctors from Pune opined that one of the hind legs of the horse that was fractured will have to be amputated as the animal might lose its life by tomorrow due to spread of gangrene from the wound.
“The surgery has gone as planned,” Uttarakhand DGP B S Sidhu said after a limb of the horse, which was still in pain and could not stand on its feet, was removed.”
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.
Earlier, the BJP worker identified as Pramod Bora was arrested from Haldwani in Nainital district for forcefully pulling the bridle of the horse and causing its fall at the protest venue on March 14.
Chief Minister Harish Rawat also expressed concern over the horse’s condition.
The BJP had been demanding withdrawal of the cases lodged against its workers including Joshi 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.
(With PTI inputs)