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BJP MLA Ganesh Joshi, accused of thrashing horse ‘Shaktiman’, arrested

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 18 March 2016, 01:52 PM

BJP legislator Ganesh Joshi, who is accused of brutally beating up a prized Uttarakhand Police horse ‘Shaktiman’ and breaking its leg, was arrested on Friday morning.  The arrest was made a day after ‘Shaktiman’ underwent an operation to replace the damaged limb with a temporary prosthetic one.

Meanwhile, the horse had his injured hind leg amputated in an emergency life-saving surgery today even as a party worker was arrested.

The surgery was conducted at a veterinary hospital here by a team of doctors led by surgeon Feroze Khambatta, hours after Army doctors from Pune opined that one of the hind legs of the horse that was fractured will have to be amputated as the animal might lose its life by tomorrow due to spread of gangrene from the wound.

However, Joshi has maintained that hed had not inflicted injury on the horse, adding it went out of control during the protests and one of its hind legs got stuck in a hole dug up to put up the barricades, causing it injuries.

On the video being circulated on the social media showing him attacking the horse with stick, Joshi said he was only trying to scare away the animal which had gone berserk, leaving a BJP worker badly injured.