The Brave Stallion ShaktiMaan Succumbs To Injuries…Dies Days After Amputation..!!

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Police horse ‘Shaktiman’, which suffered multiple fractures on its hind leg during a BJP protest here last month triggering widespread outrage, died today.

“Shaktiman was injured on March 14 after which we had to operate on him. He was later fitted with an artificial leg. But he was unable to fully recover from an infection,” SSP Dehradun Sadanand Date said.The 13-year-old was given a prosthetic leg and was confined to the police lines.

It was a well trained horse and part of Uttarakhand Mounted Police for years.“The horse passed away at 5.30 pm. He was suffering from medical-related complications. The exact cause will be known only after post-mortem,” Garhwal IG Sanjay Gunjyal said.Expressing shock over the demise of the horse, former Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat said, “It was a brave soldier of Uttarakhand and died while performing its duty.”The horse had lost its leg after it was brutally beaten during clashes between BJP protesters and the police on March 14th.

BJP MLA Ganesh Joshi, accused of instigating the brutal attack on the horse, said, “I am very sad. I was not at fault, not even 0.1 per cent. If I am found guilty, then cut my leg.”

The lawmaker was arrested and later let off on bail last month.Though a case was registered against Joshi under different sections of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act and the IPC, he had maintained that the police had falsely implicated him and “he hasn’t hit the horse”.

As per constable Ravindra Singh, who rode Shaktiman since 2011, the horse that was serving the Uttarakhand Police since March 18, 2006, was trained for nearly 10 months at the Maharana Ranjeet Singh Police Academy, Phillaur, Punjab.
“Though the artificial limb was put on Shaktiman, it was not working well and he was putting his entire weight on another leg. That is why the infection spread. Today also a lot of care was taken and about eight doctors attended to the horse. It is sad that we could not save him,” RS Meena, IG, Law and Order, Uttarakhand, said.Across the country, people have stood by Shaktiman and have demanded that action be taken against the BJP MLA.
dehradun-santosh-vidhansabha-fracture-hindustan-dehradun-shaktimaan_7f48d542-e9f9-11e5-90f8-20a657ae7b03Many had argued that Shaktiman should be euthanised because of the pain and discomfort as he struggled to get used to his prosthetic leg. Rawat said at one stage in recent weeks it appeared that the horse was getting well and trying to stand.BJP’s Shaina NC said this was not an issue to be politicised. “It is the loss of life of an animal,” she said, adding animal lovers across the country feel that a wrong has been done.
“I think we all need to own this up at our own end,” she said.Animal rights activist Gauri Maulekhi said, “Shaktiman died the same day when it was attacked and its leg 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.”Neha Joshi, the BJP MLA’s daughter, claimed many television channels have proved that her father did not harm the horse in any manner. “He has regretted the incident involving the mob,” she said.  The BJP MLA is out on bail.
469653-uttarakhand-horseIn New Delhi, Union minister and animal rights activist Maneka Gandhi said the person responsible for the death of police horse ‘Shaktiman’ should be arrested and demanded the animal should no more be part of police forces.”I am deeply saddened by the death of ‘Shaktiman’. It is an extremely unfortunate incident. Horses should no longer be part of our police system,” she said.Gandhi said Shaktiman was a “police officer on duty” and the person responsible for his death should be arrested for killing a “police officer”.”They serve no purpose and in every crowd engagement they 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,” she said. 

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