Shaktiman, the horse that broke its leg allegedly because of an assault by a BJP MLA died today in Dehradun. The beast was undergoing treatment following a prosthetic leg that was fitted to it after the amputation of its injured leg.
SSP Dehradun Sadanand Date told reporters that the horse was unable to fully recover from an infection.
“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,” IG Garhwal Sanjay Gunjyal said.
We are very sad. Everybody did everything possible, what happened today is sad: Doctor on police horse ‘Shaktimaan’ pic.twitter.com/HttoB5E7gG
— ANI (@ANI_news) April 20, 2016
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat expressed his grief over the death of the horse. “It was a brave soldier of Uttarakhand and died while performing its duty,” he said.
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) April 20, 2016
Shaktiman, 13 years old, was injured on March 14 during clashes between police and BJP protestors. It is alleged that BJP MLA Ganesh Joshi had hit the horse with a stick breaking his leg.
But a video footage that was shared on social media showed that the horse might have fractured its leg when its leg while backing away from the protestors.
The horse was part of Uttarakhand Mounted Police for years.
Twitter is expressing condolences on the passing away of the horse.
— Raj Singh Arora (@rajsingharora26) April 20, 2016
How low has a human being fallen when he strikes an animal, truly pure, free of all the fripperies and fakenesses that chain us? #Shaktiman
— Dr.Srijana Mitra Das (@srijanapiya17) April 20, 2016
#Shaktiman died on the day he got this serious injury. We cannot go against the nature. A horse will have to run to lead a normal life. RIP.
— Debasish Mitter (@debasishmitter) April 20, 2016
R.I.P. #Shaktiman, Shaktiman showed us who the real animals are
— Sai Chaithanya M (@iamchaythu) April 20, 2016
— Hetal Thakkar (@Hetal293) April 20, 2016
Please! Let’s give Shaktimaan a State funeral. That’s the least we can do for this noble horse, who was assaulted by two legged beasts.
— Shobhaa De (@DeShobhaa) April 20, 2016
Farewell #Shaktiman. You fought a good fight. Respect.
— Rezaul Hasan Laskar (@Rezhasan) April 20, 2016