Nightside Pick: A Charming Protest

By WEEK Producer

November 30, 2011 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 2:17 AM CDT

HARRAIYA, INDIA -- It's one thing to camp out in a city park. It's another to release snakes in a government office.

Apparently, an Indian snake charmer was unhappy with a decision by the land registry office not to give him a plot of land to keep the snakes he caught.

He alleged that a bribe was suggested.

So he decided to release them in the land office.

The snakes, including four cobras, sent workers rushing for the exits.

Some were amused....other obviously were not.

The snakes were eventually recaptured by police and workers from the state's forestry department.

The snake charmer who released them, Hukkul Khan, was still being sought.

Snake Charming--as a profession--has been banned in India, and many are unhappy about that decision.