Lucknow: A man in Hardoi of Uttar Pradesh bit off a snake’s head and claimed that he did so to take revenge as the snake had bitten him. Sonelal had chewed the snake’s head before spitting it out after which he was unconscious and was rushed to a community health centre. The doctors, however, were unable to find the snake bite mark.
Sonelal was taken to the community health centre at around 7 pm, where he was attended by emergency medical officer Dr Mahendra Verma and pharmacist Hitesh Kumar. Hitesh Kumar said his neighbours Ram Sewak and Ram Swaroop claimed the snake had bitten him. “So, we started looking for bite mark but could not find any,” Kumar said.
“His nephew Nanhe said Sonelal was alone when the incident took place but someone told him that a snake had bitten him. We administered emergency medicines and kept him under observation,” Hitesh told The Times of India.
After Sonelal was conscious, he was asked to explain what had happened. The pharmacist said Sonelal claimed that he was grazing his cattle when a snake bit him. “He said that he picked up the snake in anger and bit off its head and chewed it before spitting it out,” he added.
“It appears that the snake had not bitten him at all. We did not find any snake bite marks on his body. He turned unconscious because of consuming the snake’s body part which could have contained venom assuming that it was a poisonous snake,” said Dr Verma. According to the locals, Sonelal was addicted to drugs.
A local shopkeeper, who had come to see the man who bit a snake’s head off, said, “I could not believe my ears… I wondered how can someone bite a snake. I saw photos of Sonelal and the snake taken by ambulance staff.” Dr SC Tewrai, secretary of state mental health society said the man’s behaviour didn’t appear normal. He also said, “This is ain’t normal human reaction. Someone has to be extremely aggressive or deranged to behave in this way.”