LUCKNOW: In a bizarre case of rage and revenge, a man chewed up a snake’s hood and spat it after being bitten off by the reptile in Hardoi district of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday.
Though the man, Sonelal, had claimed that he did it as the snake had bitten him but the doctor of Community Health Centre, where he was treated, could not find any bite marks on him.
Following the incident, Sonelal of Shuklapur Baghar village fell unconscious and was rushed to Moghaganj CHC where after getting the treatment he regained consciousness in around three hours and was later discharged the same night.
As per the details given by the victim himself, he was cutting fodder for his cattle in the feild when a snake bit him. “He claimed that he grabbed the snake in anger and bit off its hood and chewed it before spitting it out,” said pharmacist Hitesh Kumar, who attended to Sonelal at CHC. As a result, Sonelal fell unconscious and was rushed to Moghaganj community health centre (CHC) by fellow villagers and admitted to emergency at 7 pm on Saturday.
According to Hitesh, Sonelal’s neighbours claimed that he was bitten by a snake.
“So, we started looking for bite marks but could not find any,” said Hitesh. However, emergency medical officer Dr Mahendra Verma felt that Sonelal fell unconscious due to the strains of venom which he might have consumed while chewing the hood of the snake.
“Though we could not find snake bite marks on Sonelal’s body, we administered some emergency medicines to him and kept him under observation till he regained consciousness,” elaborated Hitesh.
While the medial authorities were surprised over the physiological behaviour of Sonelal, villagers claimed that he was addicted to drugs so he could digest the snake venom, Dr SC Tiwari, secretary, State Mental Health Society, finds it an abnormal behaviour.
“Someone has to be mentally deranged and over aggressive to behave in such a weird manner,” said Dr Tiwari.