Anti poaching officials in India have arrested nine snake charmers and in the process rescued at least 12 black cobras,Times of India reports
Forest officials involved in the search operations also found several juveniles in Chandrapur forest ranges in India.A 12-year-old boy was spotted sitting over many cloth bales on Monday evening.
“We recovered many Indian Cobras kept in bamboo baskets in the cloth bales. The boy informed that his elders were out in the town. We laid a trap and waited for them to return. In all nine snake charmers were arrested one after other,” said RFO, Chandrapur range, DS Rautkar.
The rounding up operation lasted till late in the night. In all 12 Indian Cobras were recovered from their possession. All of them were arrested and case has been registered under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, for illegal possession of a wild animal. Cobras are protected under Schedule II of the Act.
Those arrested include ; Kanhaiyyanath Bihal, Kalidas Pawar, Ashwan Bihal, Vinodnath Bihal, Mohannath Bihal and Rajnath Brahman. Three other accused are juveniles. All of them belong to Handiya in Harda district of Madhya Pradesh.
Snake charming is the practice of pretending to hypnotise a snake by playing an instrument. A typical performance may also include handling the snakes or performing other seemingly dangerous acts, as well as other street performance staples, like juggling and sleight of hand.
The practice is most common in India, though other Asian nations such as Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Malaysia are also home to performers, as are the North African countries of Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia.