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Marshall safe after snakebite inside Orissa Assembly

Two days after a cobra was seen inside the Orissa Assembly,leading to adjournment of the proceedings,a snake bit a deputy marshall of the House on Saturday....

Written by Debabrata Mohanty | Bhubaneswar | Published: July 26, 2009 4:00:31 am

Two days after a cobra was seen inside the Orissa Assembly,leading to adjournment of the proceedings,a snake bit a deputy marshall of the House on Saturday. The marshall has been admitted to a hospital.

While the snake that had slithered into the Assembly on Thursday morning was believed to be poisonous,the one that bit deputy marshall A K Satpathy was not a venomous one but a non-poisonous Common Wolf snake. As the Budget session of the Assembly was about to be wound up at 9.15 pm,an Assembly staff found the brown-coloured snake near the seat of Leader of Opposition Bhupinder Singh. Threatened by the sudden commotion,the snake bit Satpathy,who was standing nearby.

Snakecatcher Subhendu Mallik,who has been attending the Assembly since Friday to catch the snake,immediately caught it. “I don’t know if this was the same snake that had intruded on Thursday. But the one that I caught today is non-poisonous. I have been bitten by such snakes several times,” he said.

Satpathy has been declared out of danger by doctors attending to him.

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