Indian legislator arrested for beating police horse

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 12:20 GMT, Mar 18, 2016 |

A legislator of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party was arrested on Friday (March 18) and sent to 14 days judicial custody for allegedly assaulting a police horse during a protest rally in northern Uttarakhand state.

The horse, Shaktiman, was found wreathing in pain after BJP MLA Ganesh Joshi and his associates allegedly thrashed it with sticks at the party’s protest in capital Dehradun earlier this week.

BJP has accused the state’s Congress-led government of targeting Joshi.

“(Chief Minister) Harish Rawat fears that we can move a confidence motion against his government. It is our fundamental right. Why can’t we move a vote of confidence against the government? We don’t care if the government stays or falls; this is opposition’s fundamental right. They are trying to remove an MLA to violate this right,” said BJP leader Ajay Bhatt.