Rawat leaves venue without unveiling Shaktiman statue

  • Prithviraj Singh, Hindustan Times, Dehradun
  • Updated: Jul 11, 2016 21:39 IST
The statue of Uttarakhand police horse Shaktiman at the Police Lines in Dehradun. (Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)

The stage was set. Shaktiman’s statue was decked up, pundits were ready for puja and a police band team were playing music in the glory of the police horse that died on April 20 after being allegedly hit by a BJP legislator.

But the preparations went in vain as chief minister Harish Rawat left the venue at the Police Lines on Monday saying: “Let the next government inaugurate the statue of Shaktiman”.

The clueless officials cancelled the event. And the statue was covered with polythene again.

Barely three months ago, the Uttarakhand police horse was the most revered animal for state’s politicians and the issue became a political hot potato with the ruling Congress blaming BJP leader Ganesh Joshi for Shaktiman’s death.

The inaugural plaque fixed in the garden raised in the memory of Shaktiman has the names of Rawat and his two ministers -- Pritam Singh and Dinesh Aggarwal -- along with senior police officials.

Sources close to Rawat said he might rethink over it and inaugurate the statue soon but did not specify any date.

“It’s difficult to say how to go about it now. We will think of an alternative plan for inauguration,” said Dehradun SSP Sadanand Date.

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