News > Madurai man eats dead snake to ward off Covid-19; Arrested and fined Rs 7,000 by forest department | Deccan Herald

Madurai man eats dead snake to ward off Covid-19; Arrested and fined Rs 7,000 by forest department | Deccan Herald

Deccan Herald | 29/05/2021 07:07 PM | Click to read full article

In a viral video, a man from Madurai was filmed eating a dead snake to ward off Covid-19 and was later arrested by the district forest department and slapped with a fine of Rs 7,000. 

Vadivelu, who hails from a very poor background, was in an inebriated state and some people, looking to take advantage of it, asked the 50-year old to eat the snake, which was lying dead inside a drain.

The man was 'lucky enough' not to bite into the snake's venom glands, as it was later identified as a common krait, whose neurotoxic venom can paralyse a human.