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Inviato da Wes von Papinešu on Ottobre 04, 2000 at 20:34:18:
THE TIMES (London, UK) 30 September 00 Snake in the political grass (Stephen Farrell)
Delhi: Venomous, evasive creatures with forked tongues are not an unusual breed at prime ministers' official residences, but when the real thing slithered across the lawns of 7 Race Course Road, Delhi's equivalent of 10 Downing Street, the visitor proved to be too much for the security guards.
So unwilling was the Special Protection Group assigned to Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the Prime Minister, to deal with the intruder that two snake charmers were summoned from their beds.
Before that step was taken, patrol vans, sleeping senior officers and other reinforcements were alerted shortly after midnight on Wednesday. The house, lawns, outhouses and surrounding areas were divided into zones and scoured by teams with radio back-up, most of them nervously poking through the foliage until well after 3am.
The snake charmers were driven in from the village of Molar Bund, near Badarpur. A Race Course Road official said yesterday: "They saw the snake, but they couldn't catch it because they weren't trained to do so. But it didn't get into the house and it hasn't been seen since."