NEW DELHI: Sympathy has turned into shock. The 14-year-old police horse Shaktimaan which became a household name after its leg had to be amputated following an injury, during a protest by the BJP workers, passed away on Wednesday.
Shaktimaan’s suffering had the nation glued in sympathy he the horse was slowly learning to get up after been given a prosthetic limb by experts from USA. But the news of his death jolted animal lovers and public alike.
Predictably, politicians especially in Uttarakhand where this horrific incident took place, followed by even more bizarre political drama being played, were quick to express their sympathies.
Ousted CM Harish Rawat expressed his condolences saying a brave soldier had died performing his duties.
Even BJP MLA Ganesh Joshi who was accused of hitting the horse’s leg during the protest and was even arrested, also went to pay his tributes. Out on Bail, Joshi, while denying hitting the horse, said he will offer for his leg be cut if was guilty.
His senior party politician and union minister Maneka Gandhi called for those responsible for the “murder” be punished. "Shaktiman was a police officer on duty and the person who put him through so much pain and ultimately killed him should be arrested for killing a police officer."
Ironically, the political drama between Congress and the BJP in the hilly state was played out almost parallel to Shaktimaan’s travails. He died the day state high commission reserved its decision on centre’s decision to impose President Rule in the state.
Talking about the death, state police officer said the end came at around 5.30 pm on Wednesday and real cuase woul be known after the post mortem.
“Though the artificial limb was put on Shaktiman, it was not working well and he was putting his entire weight on the aother leg. That is why the infection spread. Today also a lot of care was taken and about eight doctors attended to the horse. It is sad that we could not save him," R S Meena, IG Law and Order, Uttarakhand, said.