BJP MLA from Mussourie, Ganesh Joshi has been arrested for brutally beating up a police horse during a BJP protest march in Dehradun. The horse was so brutally thrashed on March 14, that it’s hind leg had to amputated in an emergency life-saving surgery.
MLA Joshi was arrested after interrogation on the basis of an FIR lodged against him and his associates at Nehru Colony police station in Dehradun, said IG Garhwal range Sanjay Gunjyal.
The state BJP unit is extremely unhappy with Joshi’s arrest and have raised the matter with Governor KK Paul.
“The manner in which Joshi was picked up from outside a hotel suggests he was abducted. Those who picked him up were in plain clothes and it is not clear whether they were police personnel or goondas,” Leader of Opposition in Uttarakhand Assembly Ajay Bhatt said.
The action against Joshi comes a day after the arrest of another party worker Pramod Bora from Haldwani in Nainital.
According to the police, Shaktiman the horse, fell with its entire weight on its hind legs under the combined impact of Joshi’s attack with a lathi from the front and Bora pulling up its reins from one side, Dehradun SSP Sadanand Daate said.
Shaktiman, was a well trained horse which was part of Uttarakhand Mounted Police for years. The animal suffered multiple fractures in one of his hind legs during after the assault.
It underwent surgery at a veterinary hospital by a team of doctors led by surgeon Feroze Khambatta, hours after Army doctors from Pune recommended amputation to prevent the animal from dying.
“The surgery has gone as planned,” Uttarakhand DGP B S Sidhu said after a limb of the horse was removed, three days after the attack that sparked an outrage and finally led to the arrest of MLA 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 said.
It is said the horse will take at least a month to recover and until then it will be given temporary prosthetic aid in the form of artificial legs.
(With inputs from PTI)