It was complete chaos for more than 40 minutes in Gurgaon’s sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) office on Monday when a two-and-half-feet long snake entered the building.
The reptile was identified as the common krait, a species considered to be very poisonous.
SDM Bharat Bhushan Gogia was present in the office and was surrounded by at least a dozen visitors and some subordinate officials. “I was in office when I heard people screaming and some of them ran inside my office shouting that there’s a snake. Before I could understand anything, the snake appears in front of us and hides behind the computer table,” Gogia said.
The SDM immediately asked people to calm down and leave the room without hurting the reptile.
He then called wildlife officials to take the snake away. Wildlife officials took around 30 minutes to reach the SDM office, situated at the mini secretariat, where a number of other state government offices function.
The mini secretariat, among others, also hosts the office of Gurgaon deputy commissioner, joint commissioner of police and three DCPs.
The building has a parking space and some green cover behind it. Officials believe the snake could have come from the forest patch behind the building. Wildlife officials, equipped with pincers, arrived at the building and rescued the snake.
“Common krait is rarely found in Haryana. It generally appears at night and is very aggressive in nature,” said Anil Gandas, who headed the rescue team.
“Since a krait’s resistance power to low temperature is very weak, it could probably have come in search of some warm place. These snakes are generally visible after the middle of February in the northern parts of India,” Gandas added. The reptile was released in the Aravalli hills later in the day.