A woman travelling in a local train in Kolkata on Friday was bitten by a snake hidden in a sack of flowers.
The 35-year old victim lost consciousness and had to be hospitalised.
“I have heard that a woman passenger was bit by a snake on a moving train while she was coming to Kolkata. The victim had to be hospitalized,” said Debasis Bej superintendent of railway police in Sealdah station.
The woman, Ashalata Mondol, was coming travelling from Nadia district to Sealdah to work. Her co-passengers alleged that a black colour snake was hiding in a sack of flowers being carried by a flower trader. When it bit the victim on the leg, she started screaming and later lost consciousness.
Immediately after the incident, pandemonium broke out inside the women's compartment with passengers raising an alarm.
“It was a black coloured snake measuring nearly one foot. We still don’t know what snake it was. It slithered away and soon vanished before we could find something to kill it,” alleged one of the passengers.
Snake expert Dipak Mitra said: “It could be a young Spectacled Cobra. Their eggs have hatched and the young ones usually come out during this time of the year. Even the young ones have enough venom to kill a human being. While adults have the colour of soil, the young ones are more blackish.”
It couldn’t be ascertained whether the snake was venomous, but the victim was admitted at the state run-Sagar Dutta Hospital.