Dehradun: Following backlash on the social media over 'Shaktiman' being given more importance than the cops who lost their lives, the Uttarakhand Government has removed the statue of the police horse installed at the Police line. Shaktiman was in police service in the state Uttrakhand and 14 years old when he died in the month of April 2016.
The horse died on April 20 after allegedly being hit by a BJP MLA Ganesh Joshi in March. "The statue was here till last evening. Today morning when I came here, it wasn't here. It was a horse statue. I don?t know where did it vanish," a local resident told a news agency.
Chief Minister Harish Rawat was supposed to inaugurate the 'Shaktiman Park' named after the police horse, who was critically maimed in a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rally carried out by MP Ganesh Joshi earlier on March 14. However, Rawat skipped the inaugural ceremony yesterday and left the venue soon after his visit.
When the horse was deployed by the police during a BJP rally, Joshi had allegedly attacked the horse's leg with a baton, critically injuring the animal. The outrage over this incident of gross animal abuse grew so large that Joshi was even briefly arrested.