Panic spread among the Secretariat staff on Thursday when a cobra was spotted in Namakkal Kavingar building, located on the Secretariat campus.
The State Fire and Rescue Service personnel were alerted and they immediately rushed to the spot. Following a brief struggle, the cobra measuring about 3 feet was caught and handed over to the Forest Department.
On Wednesday, a similar snake was caught near the fourth gate of the main building of the Secretariat. Since Wednesday was a government holiday, the Secretariat campus was deserted and there was not much panic but on Thursday the Secretariat was at its usual strength and so the snake created panic.
Meanwhile, another small snake was also spotted near the exit gate of the Secretariat on Thursday morning but before alerting the Fire and Rescue personnel, it went into the moat of the Fort St. George and disappeared.
Police sources also said that the area behind the Army quarters is dense and filled with bushes and usually snakes are spotted near the bushes but of late the snakes have reached till the Secretariat main building which indicates that their number has gone up.