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Snakes force students to stay away school

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Kendrapada, Aug 8 (UNI) Students in a school in coastal Orissa have stopped attending classes as a large number of snakes were found moving freely in the school premises.

Ever since the students spotted a large number of snakes in the Bhagyaswari High School at Jodua Mangalpur under Jajpur district, 60 km from here, they abstained from classes, School Headmistress Aruna Das said .

She said last Friday some students discovered more than 50 snakes in the school premises and raised an alarm.

Panicked at the incident, the authorities soon closed the school.

Official sources said the snakes were taking shelter in the walls of an abandoned thatched house located close to the school. On last Friday, when a portion of the wall collapsed following incessant rains, they came out of their hide-out and moved into the school premises.

Parents had refused to send their children to the school fearing snake bite.

The school teachers informed the snake charmers, who had been pressed into service to capture the snakes. The locals had by now killed as many as a dozen snakes.

The head mistress had written letters to the District Collector and Circle Inspector of School to capture or kill the snakes so that the classes could be restored.

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