March 18: BJP MLA Ganesh Joshi was on Friday sent to 14 days judicial custody, for allegedly assaulting a police horse ‘Shaktiman’ during a protest march in Dehradun.
Josh was arrested on Friday morning from outside a hotel in Patel Nagar area on the basis of an FIR lodged against him and his associates at Nehru Colony police station.
“Joshi should get five years sentence,” said PETA activist speaking to ANI.
However, Joshi’s daughter Neha said, “His arrest is only because of a political reason. He is not guilty at all. Police have acted under government’s pressure.”
The injured horse whose fractured hind leg had to be amputated late Thursday night by a team of doctors at the police lines can now stand with the help of an artificial leg.
Stating that Shaktiman will take a month to recover from the surgery, Uttarakhand DGP B S Sidhu said that in the meantime he will be given temporary prosthetic aid in the form of artificial legs which will be tailor made to his specifications.
Reacting sharply to the development, BJP lodged a protest with Governor K K Paul and alleged it was “abduction” of its MLA.
“The manner in which Joshi was picked up from outside a hotel suggests he was abducted. Those who picked him up were in plain clothes and it is not clear whether they were police personnel or goondas,” Leader of Opposition in Uttarakhand Assembly Ajay Bhatt said.
Bhatt said he had called on Governor K K Paul to register his protest against the manner in which the party legislator was picked up.
The action against Joshi comes a day after the arrest of another party worker Pramod Bora from Haldwani in Nainital district on Wednesday.