Snake charmer unleashes cobras in India office
A disgruntled snake charmer reportedly unleashed snakes, including cobras, in an office in India.
December 1st, 2011
11:18 AM ET

Snake charmer unleashes cobras in India office

Getting through the work day can be hard enough without having a bunch of cobras unleashed in your office.

Bureaucrats in a rural village in Northern India had a tough start to the week when an angry snake charmer walked into their tax office and dumped several dozen snakes, including four cobras, on the floor because he was upset about a land deal that had not gone through, according to numerous reports.

The Telegraph: Watch the hissing snakes

The workers jumped on their desks and some shook table cloths at the snakes who rose up with the strike position. It was "total chaos," said Ramsukh Sharma who was at the office in Harraiya, in Uttar Pradesh.

"Snakes started climbing up the tables and chairs. Hundreds of people gathered outside the room, some of them with sticks in their hands, shouting that the snakes should be killed," he said, according to the Australian newspaper.

No one was hurt and the snakes were eventually recaptured by experts.

The snake charmer claimed that he had apparently applied for a plot of land for the snakes but that officials wanted bribes to approve it. The office reportedly said that they had no record of the filing.

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soundoff (178 Responses)
  1. john

    maybe they should do that in mexico..see if the corruption problem comes to an end..

    December 4, 2011 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
  2. musclecar61

    Remind me to never make this guy with his snakes angry at me!

    December 4, 2011 at 5:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. R

    He did right thing. What other sign world want by not supporting anti corruption movement. Very soon this may happen in Sonia Gandhi's sari.

    December 4, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Extinct

      I can see your biest opinions by reading your comments.Why not Jayalalitha or Mayawati who are 10 times worse.

      December 4, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  4. justsuz

    Think maybe a move like this might get attention of Congress and let them know there are more than a few of us who are not happy with their non-performance?

    December 4, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dashieldog

      Why does this not seem like a bad idea to me!! Although most of those in Congress are snakes and would probably have no issue with them anyways.

      December 4, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Raaj

    Get the story right. it was a farmer who wants get rid of snakes and asked for local magistrate to assign him a land to place them. Any way story is a about corruption and hwo it affects poor people in India on day to day basis.

    December 4, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Julian Culpepper

    That abuse to the workers! I mean who would do that, releasing cobras in an office. Thats just crazy, and stupid.

    December 4, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. india tours

    Remind me to never make this guy with his snakes angry at me!

    December 19, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. movers in dallas

    Nice explain............

    January 8, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
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