Dehradun: A Dehradun court has acquitted state cabinet minister Ganesh Joshi, who was accused of injuring Uttarakhand Police horse Shaktiman during a rally five years ago.
Dehradun’s Chief Judicial Magistrate Laxman Singh acquitted Joshi and other accused on the basis of lack of concrete evidence in the case.
In the year 2016, during a BJP rally against the policies of the then Congress government of the state, one of Shaktiman’s legs was broken. Despite treatment, he could not be saved.
At the same time, the police had registered a case against Joshi under the Animal Cruelty Act apart from other Acts.
Let us inform that after being acquitted from the court, Joshi said that he has been saying from the beginning that he is not guilty in this case and today truth has prevailed.
What is Shaktiman horse case?
Let us tell you that on March 14, 2016 during a protest organized by BJP, Shaktiman was attacked with a stick by BJP MLA Ganesh Joshi. In the scuffle, another man tried to hold the horse by its reins, in which the horse fell unbalanced and one leg was completely broken.
The scene sparked outrage across the world when television scenes showed Shaktiman getting multiple blows and pulling his broken, amputated limb in excruciating pain during the protests.
This is how the horse lost its leg after being brutally beaten up during clashes between BJP protesters and the police. Joshi, however, claimed that the horse was injured as its leg got stuck in a pit.