Staff at the office of the Uttar Pradesh’s director general of police had a panicked morning when they found a python at the accounts section on Friday.
The 12-foot-long snake was spotted by the cleaning staff at around 5:30am. Forest department officials were immediately informed, who captured the serpent and transferred it to the Lucknow zoo within an hour.
As panic subsided, officials said the snake’s presence was surprising for two reasons – first, it was at one of the busiest offices. Second, the place where it was spotted suggested that the snake came up through the stairs.
“The python might have entered the office during the night as it is the time when there is not much activity. Even the security guards are deployed outside the building,” said an official.
This is the second python sighting in less than a month.
On August 21, a python was spotted by two men at the lake in Butler Palace Colony where they had gone fishing. The colony has residences of top bureaucrats and police officers.