Top officials including Airport Authority of India, chairman,G uruprasad Mohapatra had in the middle of a meeting yesterday spotted the six-feet long reptile moving beneath a couch and immediately rushed out of the lounge, police said. A woman staff present at the spot tried to drive out the snake using a mop.
However, a police constable managed to catch the snake that had wandered in from nearby thicket and handed it over to forest department personnel, they said.
The reptile was identified as Viper, a species considered to be very poisonous. The constable D Thiagou, attached to the India Reserve Battalion (IRBn) of Puducherry was presented a cash award and commendation certificate for his act of bravery.
Director General of Police S K Gautam presented the cash award and commendation certificate to the constable and appreciated his brave act.