A snake was spotted by passengers in one of the train compartments of the Thiruvananthapuram-Nizamuddin Express creating panic throughout the journey.
As a precautionary measure, the train was halted in Kozhikode, Kerala for over two hours in search of the snake. However, the reptile was not found.
Railway sources said the passengers informed a TTE about noticing a snake between the luggage underneath a lower berth in the S5 compartment on Wednesday night, soon after the train left nearby Tirur station.
As the news about the reptile spread through the train, it created a panic among the passengers, including women, sources said. As soon as the communication reached the railway authorities in Kozhikode railway station, they arranged for experts from the Forest department to trace the snake.
Two snake catchers, arranged by Forest officials, conducted a thorough search in the compartment where the snake was seen after the train reached Kozhikode around 10.15 pm. The reptile, however, was not caught, railway sources reported.
Several railway sources said the snake, as seen in a photo taken by a passenger, might have escaped or hid in a hole found alongside the compartment, according to the snake catchers. The train resumed its journey after the hole was sealed by midnight, according to the sources.