Dehradun : Vikasnagar Court has send BJP MLA Ganesh Joshi to 14-day judicial custody after police presented him before the additional chief judicial magistrate court. Ganesh Joshi was arrested on Friday morning for allegedly beating a police horse ‘Shaktiman’ and breaking its left hind leg.
Earlier on Thursday, BJP worker Pradeep Bora was arrested from Haldwani (Nainital district) for the alleged assault. Bora was a part of the protest march led by Mussoorie MLA Ganesh Joshi, during which the horse was injured. He was seen dragging down the policeman riding Shaktiman and pulling its saddle and reins which made the horse fall.
An FIR was lodged against BJP MLA and his associates at Nehru Colony police station in connection with the assault that took place on 14 March. IG Garhwal range Sanjay Gunjyal informed the media that Mussoorie MLA was arrested by a team of Dehradun police from outside a hotel in Patel Nagar area on Friday morning. An FIR was registered against Ganesh Joshi under Section 429 (mischief by killing or maiming cattle,) and 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code.
The 14-year-old horse, popular as ‘Shaktiman’, has been a part of police ceremonial parades since it was a three-year-old colt.
BJP MLA Ganesh Joshi came under the radar after the circulation of visuals in which the horse was seen taking multiple blows and dragging its broken limb. Seemingly, Mussoorie MLA is also seen in the visuals, holding a stick and poised to strike, however in none of the visuals, he has been seen hitting the horse. Since after the incident, MLA has been denying his involvement and asserted that he was only trying to scare the horse. Ganesh Joshi visited the horse on Thursday and said, “I came here out of humanity…I didn’t hit the horse but an innocent animal has suffered.”
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat had also visited to see the condition of Shaktiman and affirmed that the animal would get the best possible treatment. On Thursday night, a team of 10 doctors operated the injured leg and for the first time in three days, the horse stood on an artificial limb.