From cricketers to Bollywood stars, celebrities condemned the attack on police horse Shaktiman, which left it with an amputated leg. The horse, which serves the Uttarakhand police force, was injured grievously during a BJP protest in Uttarakhand.
Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt, whose film Kapoor & Sons released this Friday, wrote:
This is beyond disgusting!!!!! How can we let this happen???? Can we not even spare animals now?? pic.twitter.com/xzHHuo6vpNâ�� Alia Bhatt (@aliaa08) March 16, 2016
Veteran actress Hema Malini said:
Just saw on the news that the horse Shaktiman's fractured leg has been amputated. I'm totally devastated by the cruelty of the man who did itâ�� Hema Malini (@dreamgirlhema) March 18, 2016
I can't believe anyone can do ths to an innocent animal! It's inhuman & shld be condemned. Thk God it has survived! pic.twitter.com/s7g2QJVBFBâ�� Hema Malini (@dreamgirlhema) March 16, 2016
Talking about the incident, Rishi Kapoor tweeted:
Appropriate action should be taken against that MLA for doing this. Appalled to see this act of barbarism. Shameful! pic.twitter.com/IawaJYPuZRâ�� Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) March 16, 2016
Indian batsman Virat Kohli was furious after hearing about the incident. Sharing a photo of the horse on Instagram, Kohli said, "I urge everyone to unite and make sure the person who has done this to this beautiful beast, gets the harshest of punishment and experiences the same pain the horse has. I am honestly ashamed of calling this person a fellow country man. He is a coward and doesn't even deserve to called a man. (sic)"
Yes this image is graphic, yes i feel disgusted even looking at this picture. I cant even imagine what pain the poor innocent harmless horse must have felt. Few days ago i spoke about compassion, and now we see the sad mindset of certain people in this country. Karma is the worst when it comes to settling scores. I urge everyone to unite and make sure the person who has done this to this beautiful beast, gets the harshest of punishment and experiences the same pain the horse has. Iam honestly ashamed of calling this person a fellow country man. He is a coward and doesnt even deserve to called a man. God bless shaktiman and give him strength to cope with this.Uneducated and cruel demons like the one who has done this deserve to be isolated from the society. #uniteindia #actwithcompassion
On 14 March, during an agitation led by BJP MLA Ganesh Joshi against Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat, a mob attacked the mounted police force which was deployed to bring the situation under control. Videos released from the incident showed the crowd running towards Shaktiman and a man pulling the horse's leash, following which the animal lost its balance and fell.
Joshi, who is accused of hurting the horse, was arrested on Thursday along with BJP leader Pradeep Bora.
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