Rough deal with police horses in Modi’s Gujarat

Ahmedabad: Kruti, Priya and Asha recently retired after putting in over 20 years of service that included duty during communally sensitive rathyatra, bundobust during rioting and patrolling in rural areas in times of unrest. The three have little retirement worries though as state police will provide them government housing, nutritious food and care by trained personnel till death.

The three are no cops but horses that recently retired from the equine contingent of mounted police and are enjoying the retirement benefits notified by Gujarat police for their animal employees on ‘humanitarian’ grounds.

Post-retirement, they have been placed in a big enclosure in the Mounted Police Camp at Meghaninagar in Ahmedabad which houses 41 police horses. Earlier, such horses were sent to ‘panjrapols’, local animal shelters run by NGOs.

“The notification to extend retirement benefits to horses was on humanitarian grounds. It is our duty to give a dignified retirement life to horses that served up to 25 years in service,” said R V Jotangiya, IGP in-charge of mounted police.

The retirement benefits that include life-long residential benefits at mounted police camps, half of daily food allowance and personal care by trained experts will be extended to all 400 horses serving with Gujarat police.

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