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2 Women in Gujarat Arrested after Viral Video Shows Them Performing Garba With Snakes in Hand

All of them were booked under the Wildlife (Protection) Act and held on Thursday. They were produced before a local court, which granted them bail, said a police officer.

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Updated:October 12, 2019, 4:27 PM IST
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2 Women in Gujarat Arrested after Viral Video Shows Them Performing Garba With Snakes in Hand
screen grab of viral garba dance in Gujarat (Twitter/ANI)

Junagadh: Two women and a girl were held along with two others after a video showed them performing garba dance with snakes in their hands in Junagadh district of Gujarat, an forest department official said on Saturday.

All of them were booked under the Wildlife (Protection) Act and held on Thursday, the official said.

"The video that has gone viral on social media shows the two women and the girl holding a cobra and two non-venomous snakes while performing traditional garba dance during the recently-concluded Navratri festival," Deputy Conservator of Forests, Junagadh, Sunil Berwal, said.

The event was held on October 6 at Shil village in Junagadh district, he said.

"After the video was brought to our notice, we probed the incident. We booked five persons, including two women and a girl. The other two are organiser of the event and supplier of snakes. All of them were arrested on Thursday," Berwal said, adding they were produced before a local court and were granted bail.

According to him, the probe revealed that the cobra had been defanged, while the other two snakes were non-poisonous.

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