Probe ordered into killing of snake charmer in Madhya Pradesh

The administration has also asked the police and forest department to submit a report in this regard.

PTI| Last Updated: Aug 24, 2016, 02:05 AM IST

Indore: The district administration has ordered a magisterial probe into the murder of a snake charmer on 'Nagpanchami' day on August 7 allegedly by some persons, officials said today.

The administration has also asked the police and forest department to submit a report in this regard.

"We have ordered a magisterial probe into the killing 45-year-old Prakash Nath, a snake charmer from Malharganj area. We have also asked a senior police official and Chief Conservator of Forest to submit their report by August 31," an official of the district administration told PTI.

"The administration through a probe by the Magistrate is finding out whether Nath died after being thrashed or due to any other reason. We are also inquiring whether any forest official or representative of an NGO roughed up Nath," said the official.

Nath's son alleged that on August 7 while the snake charmer was roaming in Malharganj, a suspected forest department worker and some representatives of an NGO thrashed him till he died while they were trying to seize the snake.