Horse injured by BJP MLA operated upon, out of danger

Dehradun, Mar. 15 (ANI): The horse, which was allegedly attacked by Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) MLA from Mussoorie Ganesh Joshi here on Monday, was operated upon for around four and a half hours by a group of 10 doctors on Tuesday.

A police officer told ANI that the horse, Shaktimaan, had got multiple fractures, which were fixed by external fixation by a group of 10 doctors – six from Pantnagar and four district veterinary officers.

“The horse needs a lot of care against acute pain and protection from infection. Doctors have given instructions to our staff, who are monitoring Shaktimaan constantly. At present, Shaktimaan is under the influence of anaesthesia, and we are praying for his speedy recovery,” he said.

Speaking to ANI, Chief Veterinary Officer, Dehradun, Dr. Negi said, “A team led by Prof. A.K. Das, professor of surgery, has come here from Pantnagar. The multiple-fracture is in the left hind leg of the horse’s metatarsal bone. We have fixed the bone with external immobilising device, in which we cast pins through drilling and support it by external fixator.”

“The horse is under the influence of anaesthesia till it stands. There is a tough battle ahead. Everything is right so far, but by the time the horse recovers, it is difficult to say whether the surgery was successful or not,” he added.

The doctor, however, said there was no risk to horse’s life, but it won’t be able to provide service. “We could not cut the leg, because of the unbearable pain to the horse,” he added.

The horse was mercilessly beaten during a protest against Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Monday for “misuse” of funds.

Meanwhile, Joshi, who has been booked for beating the horse, cried foul, saying he was nowhere near the animal when it got injured.

The MLA from Mussorie told ANI that it was an effort to spread misinformation and malign his reputation.

The Dehradun Police had yesterday registered a case against Joshi for beating a police horse, reportedly breaking one of its legs, during a protest against Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Monday for “misuse” of funds.

The BJP MLA allegedly attacked a police horse last evening deployed to disperse the protesters during a protest against Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat.

The protest took a violent turn when, in a bid to dismount the rider, the protesters charged at the horse with sticks and broke the horse’s leg.

Joshi was allegedly seen in the video attacking the horse and other agitators supporting him in the effort.

The injured horse was then carried to a vet hospital in a truck. (ANI)

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