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Virat Kohli expresses shock, sends out prayers after attack against police horse Shaktiman

New Delhi: Star cricketer Virat Kohli expressed shock and disgust over the attack on police horse ‘Shaktiman’ during a protest march in Dehradun earlier this week.

Sharing his concern, Kohli tweeted: “Shocked & disgusted at the unprovoked attack on a beautiful, harmless animal. Nothing more cowardly.”

Shocked & disgusted at the unprovoked attack on a beautiful, harmless animal. Nothing more cowardly!!! (1/2)

— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) March 18, 2016

The swashbuckling batsman hoped and prayed that the horse recovers soon.

“Hope strongest and swiftest action is taken soon! Let’s all pray for Shaktiman,” read his another tweet.

Hope strongest and swiftest action is taken soon! Let’s all pray for Shaktiman (2/2)

— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) March 18, 2016

Meanwhile, police today arrested BJP MLA Ganesh Joshi accused of assaulting the police horse.

The injured horse whose fractured hind leg had to be amputated late last night by a team of doctors at the police lines can now stand with the help of an artificial leg.

However, doctors attending on Shaktiman said it will have to be seen whether the prop is strong enough to support the horse which weighs four quintals.

Surgeon from Mumbai Feroze Khambatta, who led a team of doctors that operated on the horse, said he had performed eight similar operations in Nepal and Bhutan but on horses which weighed only two quintals.

As Shaktiman weighs four quintals it is not clear for how long he can stand and move with an artificial leg.

He is constantly under the watch of doctors and over two dozen police personnel at the police lines.

Shaktiman is a well trained horse and part of Uttarakhand Mounted Police for years. Chief Minister Harish Rawat also expressed concern over the horse’s condition.

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