Snake rescuer Somnath Mhatre died on February 2 during a photo-op while he tried to kiss a cobra. Mhatre is the 31st snake rescuer to die in the last 12 years from the snakebite.

 There has been an outrage by activists after the incident and now they are demanding for guidelines to be issued by the Forest Department to prevent any such instance in future.

 Activists also demanded that there should be strict action against those involved in performing and posting pictures of such bizarre stunts.

 The deceased was a resident of CBD Belapur in Navi Mumbai. “As per the information told to us by his friend, Somnath had gone to rescue a snake from a car at CBD Belapur, but after rescuing the cobra he took it to another location where he was trying to attempt the act of kissing the cobra on its head, when suddenly, the snake turned and bit Somnath on his chest,” a snake rescuer from the area told a news portal.