19/03/2016 9:26 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST

BJP MLA Ganesh Joshi, Who Allegedly Attacked Police Horse Shaktiman, Denied Bail


DEHRADUN – A local court on Saturday rejected the bail plea of Uttarakhand BJP MLA Ganesh Joshi, who was sent to 14 days' judicial custody yesterday, for allegedly attacking police horse 'Shaktiman' during a protest march here.

Joshi's bail application was rejected by Judicial Magistrate Akram Ali, Defence Counsel R S Raghav said.

Booked initially under Cruelty to Animals Act, several non-bailable sections of IPC were also slapped against the BJP MLA from Mussuorie in the course of investigations, he said. Non-bailable offences which Joshi has been charged with include stopping government officials from discharging their duties, he said.

Raghav said a bail petition on behalf of Joshi will be filed in the sessions court on Monday. Joshi is currently lodged at Shuddhowala jail here.

The MLA was arrested on Friday. BJP leader Pradeep Bora was arrested on Thursday for attacking the horse.

Meanwhile, the horse's leg had to be amputated after doctors found that the animal may die from the injury caused in the attack.

Reports suggested that Union minister for women and child development Maneka Gandhi had taken strong exception to Joshi's behavior and had instructed the Uttarakhand DGP to not spare the accused.

The incident happened during a protest against the Uttarakhand government when an angry crowd got violent and a man pulled the horse's leash, causing it to lose balance and fall.

The horse was part of a 3,000-strong police force that was deployed in Dehradun to control a protest organised by the BJP against the Uttarakhand government.

The protesters were marching towards the state legislature building when they were stopped by the police. Joshi apparently lost his cool and attacked the police horse with a lathi.

The horse suffered serious injury and got multiple fractures on its left hind leg.

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