Forest department teams, constituted by the Bhopal territorial forest division, seized 64 snakes from snake charmers on the occasion of Naag Panchami on Wednesday. The snakes, mostly cobras have been brought to Van Vihar National Park, where they will be kept for a few days for treatment.
Van Vihar assistant director SK Ghai told HT that teeth of many snakes have been removed, while mouths of several have been stitched. “Veterinarians will treat such snakes on Thursday and they will be released back in the wild,” Ghai said.
He said that 10 teams had been constituted to rescue snakes from snake charmers. None of the snake charmers were, however, booked under the Wildlife Protection Act.
Meanwhile, social groups like the Rotary Club also carried out an awareness programme against torturing snakes on Naag Panchami. Members distributed pamphlets describing the pain inflicted on snakes by charmers on occasion and asked people to not promote the event.