The Dehradun Police on Thursday said the condition of police horse Shaktiman, who was allegedly injured by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Ganesh Joshi during a protest march, has deteriorated.
“The condition of injured police horse Shaktiman has deteriorated,” senior superintendent of police Sadanand Date told ANI.
It has been more than 70 hours since Shaktiman broke his leg during a BJP rally. Mussoorie MLA Joshi faces three police cases for allegedly breaking the horse’s leg. But the lawmaker’s party has come up with a video to prove their point that the horse tripped and fell on its own, fracturing its leg.
Expressing concern over the horse’s recovery on Thursday, Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat assured the best possible treatment would be given to the ailing animal.
Rawat said that the entire episode was a blot on the image of his state and lamented the fact that such a treatment was meted out to the horse.
“I am worried about the horse. This entire episode is a blot of my state’s image. It is sad that the horse, which was on duty, is not being looked at from humanitarian point of view. I have given instructions that best possible treatment be given to the horse,” he said.
The Mussourie MLA visited the injured animal and said that the horse needs better treatment and must be sent to the national capital.
The horse has refused to eat the grass offered to it as pain and drugs seem to have killed its appetite, an official said.
Across the country, people have stood by Shaktiman and have demanded that action be taken against the BJP MLA. Many offers for donations are also pouring in.