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Petrol pump named after police horse Shaktiman inaugurated in Dehradun

Raju Gusain | Updated on: 6 October 2016, 19:22 IST

In a unique move to pay homage to Shaktiman, Uttarakhand Police have named a petrol pump after the late police horse. The petrol pump started its operation from the Police lines in Dehradun on 6 October. Uttarakhand Police DGP MA Ganapathi inaugurated the filling station, with school students presenting a colourful cultural programme.

"Shaktiman was part of the police family and we have named the petrol pump after the police horse," said DGP Ganapathi.

Shaktiman was a well-trained 13-year-old horse of the Uttarakhand Mounted Police.

When the horse was deployed by the police during a BJP rally, party leader and legislator Ganesh Joshi Joshi had allegedly attacked the animal's leg with a baton, critically injuring him. The outrage over this incident was so large that Joshi was briefly arrested.

After sustaining grievous injuries, Shaktiman's damaged leg was amputated. A prosthetic limb was fixed and there were hopes that the animal will walk again. However, the white-coloured Kathiawari horse succumbed to its injuries on 20 April.

The petrol pump is possibly the first in the country to be named after any police department horse.

First published: 6 October 2016, 19:22 IST
 
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