SNAKE CHARMER PROTEST
Monday December 5th, 2011
SNAKE CHARMER RELEASES SNAKES IN TAX OFFICE
Hakkul the snake charmer released dozens of poisonous snakes in a tax office in India as a protest , because he claims officials there have been trying to bribe him.
Hakkul claims to have been given permission from senior officials for the use of land to “conserve” his snakes. However lower down officials had been asking for pay offs and Hakkul didn’t have the money to pay them.
Hakkul said : 'I had to dump the snakes because DM (district magistrate) and SDM (sub divisional magistrate) told us that 'we have approved your application but lower-level officials are sitting on it'.
'They are demanding bribes time and again but I am unable to meet their demand.
'Where will I keep these poisonous snakes? I don't have space.'
Staff took to their chairs in attempts to escape the poisonous reptiles but fortunately no one was injured.
The incident took place in the Basti district of Uttar Pradesh, Northern India.
The forestry department were called to catch the snakes.
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