Snakes dumped at tax office

Two Indian farmers who were fed up with alleged bribery demands made by local officials decided to take matters into their own hands.

The pair, identified as Hukkul Khan and Ramkul Ram, emptied three bags filled with around 40 snakes in a busy tax office in northern India, an official revealed. Uttar Pradesh state official Ramsukh Sharma said clerks and villagers in the office in Basti were sent scurrying for cover when the farmers emptied the bags, which included at least four deadly cobras.

“Snakes started climbing up the tables and chairs,” he said. “There was total chaos. Hundreds of people gathered outside the room, some of them with sticks in their hands, shouting that the snakes should be killed.”

The farmers had been asking for tax records for their land in a nearby village, but officials in the tax office had withheld the files and were reportedly demanding bribes.

Mr Sharma said their method of protest was 'unacceptable' and revealed that the police are searching for the farmers.

No one was bitten or injured in the incident on Tuesday afternoon, and police and forest officials captured the snakes.

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