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NO SLEIGHT OF HAND: Policemen are being trained to identify and handle snakes during their duty in the jungles at Reserve Police Barracks near Ambapua in Berhampur on Friday.
NO SLEIGHT OF HAND: Policemen are being trained to identify and handle snakes during their duty in the jungles at Reserve Police Barracks near Ambapua in Berhampur on Friday.

Staff Reporter

BERHAMPUR: Fear for snakes remains even in the minds of policemen. Members of `Snake Help Lines' of Berhampur and Bhubaneswar took part in a workshop at the Ambapua Reserve Police Barracks on the outskirts of the city to make policemen conversant with the snakes that may appear in their work areas and dos and don'ts during snakebite.

P. Rajesh Kumar of the city and Suvendu Mallik from Bhubaneswar made live demonstration of poisonous and nonpoisonous snakes before the gathering of policemen. Some policemen surely felt pangs of fear when snakes were taken out from the bags near them. But in a few minutes most of them had gathered up courage to be close to these reptiles.

Programme needed

Berhampur Superintendent of Police (SP), Dayal Gangwar, who had organised this workshop, said a programme like this was need of the time as police troupes have to venture through fields and jungles that are inhabited by snakes. Even there are a lot of snakes near the Ambapua barracks.

Knowledge about these reptiles would surely improve their efficiency while working in jungle areas.


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