Three days after the attack that sparked outrage, the worker identified as Pramod Bora was arrested from Haldwani in Nainital district for forcefully pulling the bridle of the horse and causing its fall at the protest venue on March 14 and leaving it injured, Dehradun SSP Sadanand Daate told reporters.

Bora was arrested from Mukhani area of Haldwani on a requisition by Dehradun police, Nainital SSP Sweety Agarwal said, adding he has been handed over to a police team from Dehradun and is being taken to the state capital.

On reports that summons were issued to BJP MLA Ganesh Joshi by him in connection with the attack, Uttarakhand DGP B S Sidhu said only the Investigating Officer is competent to issue summons. When queried, Investigating Officer Arun Pandey neither denied nor confirmed issuing summons to the legislator, saying investigations are still on.

The horse in fact fell with its entire weight on its hind quarters under the combined impact of Joshi’s frontal attack with a lathi and Bora pulling up its reins from one side, Daate said.

'Shaktiman', a well trained horse which was part of Uttarakhand Mounted Police for years, was allegedly attacked by Joshi, an MLA from Mussoorie, during the march. The animal suffered fractures in one of his hind legs  during the protest.

An FIR had been lodged at Nehru Colony police station against Joshi and his associates. Giving an update on the medical condition of the horse which was operated upon by a team of vets a day after the attack, the DGP said a team of doctors from Pune which examined Shaktiman today are of the opinion that its fractured hind leg will have to be amputated to save its life.

However, it has not yet been decided when the amputation will take place, he said. Daate said the horse is still in pain and cannot stand.

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