A day after Hindustan Times highlighted that Maharshi Dayanand University's secrecy branch, where answer sheets from various colleges are stored, is riddled with snakes, officials of the district wildlife department raided the premises.
On the university's decision to kill snakes by sprinkling snake-repellant medicine, the officials warned them that the step would cost them dearly.
Notably, the university had recently shifted furniture and articles from the secrecy branch to a newly constructed air-conditioned building, but the answer sheets kept in the branch were not taken out.
BS Sindhu, university exam controller, had said: "As the rainy season is on, snakes sneaked into the branch where answer sheets have been stored. After Class-4 employees dreaded going inside, snake-repellant medicine was sprinkled to wipe them out."
Talking to Hindustan Times, district wildlife inspector Virender Singh Dhull said: "A team of the wildlife department has inspected the demarcated area where snakes were reportedly spotted."
He said: "We have asked the university to refrain from taking steps that might kill the snakes as it is an offence according to the law."
"Snakes of schedule 3 and 4 are commonly found here. If any dead snake is recovered from the premises, the university will have to pay fine of Rs 1,000 per snake besides the cost of the snake," Dhull said.
The department has offered the university an option to seek their experts' help to tackle the situation, but the cost would be borne by the university, he added.