Mumbai: Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli said he was “appalled” to hear the news of the death of a pregnant elephant in Kerala and demanded an end to such “cowardly  acts”.

There has been outrage in India over the death of a pregnant elephant which died after eating a fruit stuffed with crackers. The incident happened in Malappuram, Kerala.

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Kohli took to his Twitter account and wrote on Wednesday night (June 3), “Appalled to hear about what happened in Kerala. Let's treat our animals with love and bring an end to these cowardly acts.” He posted an artwork along with this.

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India limited-overs team vice-captain Rohit Sharma too raised his voice against the killing of the 15-year-old elephant. He  wrote on Twitter, “We are savages. Are we not learning ? To hear what happened to the elephant in Kerala was heartbreaking. No animal deserves to be treated with cruelty.”

Meanwhile, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has promised strict action against those responsible for the death of the elephant. 

“Strict action will be taken against those who are responsible for killing the pregnant elephant. Forest department is probing the case and the culprits will be brought to book,” Vijayan said on Wednesday (June 3).