The nearly decade-long career of Shaktimaan, a stately white horse with the Uttarakhand police, came to an unfortunate end after it was attacked and severely injured in the leg allegedly by BJP members protesting against the Harish Rawat government in Dehradun on Monday.
Veterinarians attending to the horse said its leg will have to be amputated.
The protesters, led by BJP MLA from Mussoorie Ganesh Joshi, first allegedly attacked a police team near the state assembly building while demonstrating against what they said were the failures of the Congress government in the state.
Soon, for reasons best known to them, the angry group targeted the horse and rained several blows on its legs, bringing down the bleeding 13-year-old animal to the ground as it writhed in pain, unable to move.
“Shaktimaan has suffered multiple fractures, including a compound fracture, and was been taken to a veterinary hospital. There is virtually no hope for him to do police work in future. Now, our aim is to ensure a painless life for him. The leg will have to be amputated and we are just hoping that he recovers,“ Dehradun SSP Sadanand Date said.
Shaktimaan was purchased by the Uttarakhand police for Rs.95,000 in 2007 and was made a part of the Dehradun police team. He faced several tough situations and protests in his career. Shaktimaan's has seen Ravindra Singh as its rider for years along with his helper, Shivnath Goswami.
Police lodged an FIR under Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) and 429 (mischief by killing or maiming cattle) against the BJP MLA and unidentified persons present at he spot.
Chief minister Harish Rawat later visited Shaktimaan at the Police Lines stables in Race Course area, where he is currently undergoing treatment.
“We will see what action can be taken against the attackers. This is a shocking act,“ said Rawat, after speaking to DGP BS Sidhu and directing that the horse be given all the required medical attention.