In the otherwise pristine hill state of Uttarakhand, the shocking incident of a police horse being severely attacked by protesters was caught on video tape ― On March 14, during a protest march of the Bhartiya Janta Party(BJP) in Dehradun, BJP MLA Ganesh Joshi had allegedly attacked the police horse Shaktiman, who was deployed with the mounted police in Dehradun.
Shaktiman suffered multiple fractures in his hind leg during the protest and had to undergo amputation to stop the spread of gangrene. He was also provided with a prosthetic limb, thanks to the efforts of Jamie Vaughan who runs a US-based vet care NGO in Bhutan.
Unfortunately, the poor horse couldn’t survive.
How does attacking an innocent animal prove your point against the government or the system?
Soon after the video of the incident spread across media outlets, the public outcry led to the arrest of the BJP MLA Ganesh Joshi (now out on bail).
“In every crowd engagement they [horses] are at the mercy of any vicious person who is too cowardly to do anything but injure the defenseless animal. ‘Shaktiman’ was a police officer on duty and the person who put him through so much pain and ultimately killed him should be arrested for killing a police officer.” ― Maneka Gandhi, Union Minister
Even the death of an innocent animal hasn’t really shook these political factions at war, who are back to their blame games. If only animals could vote…
“Shaktiman died the same day when he was attacked and his leg was broken. Horses with such weight have very little chance to live on three legs. We were mentally prepared for this but political parties are playing blame games.”― Gauri Maulekhi, Animal rights activist
Dog with Blog stands along-with the hoards of people across country who demand that stringent punishment is handed to the callous offender(s).