Men release snakes in Indian tax office: Video
A pair of farmers dumped 40 snakes, including a number of cobras, on the floor of a government building in Basti, Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday (November 29), causing employees and visitors to climb on furniture or to run away.
Local official Ramsukh Sharma told The Guardian: "Snakes started climbing up the tables and chairs. There was total chaos.
"Hundreds of people gathered outside the room, some of them with sticks in their hands, shouting that the snakes should be killed."
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One of the men, named locally as Hakkul, is seen telling the press that he released the reptiles because he had lost patience with government officials handling his application for a plot of land.
The snake charmer added: "I had to dump the snakes because the magistrates told us, 'We have approved your application but lower-level officials are sitting on it'. They are demanding bribes time and time again but I am unable to meet their demands.
"Where will I keep these poisonous snakes? I don't have space."
However, Uttar Pradesh's head of land revenue administration Subhash Mani Tripathi told AFP: "He had applied for a plot of land to keep his snakes, but there is no provision for such a business.
"Instead of seeking a written reply, which we would have issued, Hakkul created panic by letting loose a bunch of snakes all over the office."
Forestry department staff were sent out to catch the snakes.
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