LUCKNOW: The world has seen some unique forms of protest – from climbing towers to marching without clothes, but this one ought to rate among the weirdest.
On Wednesday November 30, a snake-charmer who was miffed with government officials over an issue regarding land allotment gave them the scare of their lives, when he let loose a bunch of snakes in their office!
The incident occured in Haraiya town of Basti district near Lucknow.
Hakkul, the snake-charmer was reportedly frustrated with the officials for not responding to his repeated pleas to allot him a small piece of land to conserve his snakes.
Police said that nearly three dozen snakes were captured and local snake-charmers were hired to look for any more in or around the land revenue office.
Hakkul had applied for the allotment of the land in the outskirts of the town. The tahsildar, however, said that it was not possible to allot the land for conserving snakes as there is no such provision, and hence could not give a reply to the man.
"Instead of seeking a written reply, which we would have issued, Hakkul created panic in our offices by letting loose a bunch of snakes all over the office," he said.
"Employees as well as the public went running for their lives," he added.
But Hakkul had a different version. Speaking to the media, he said that he had written to the President of India from whom he got a positive reply and a letter of recommendation for the district magistrate.
"The district magistrate promised to allot a small plot of government land free of cost for the purpose," he added.
"However, two years have passed since then and the local administration has simply been dilly-dallying on the issue because I refused to bribe them; after having waited patiently for so long, I had no option but to leave all my snakes in that very office," he added.
State laws have provision for free allotment of government land to poor to earn their livelihood.