A rashly-driven police bus, transporting prisoners, crushed seven persons to death and injured several others here on Saturday, police said. The incident took place in the crowded Royal Market area on Hamidia Road in Old Bhopal when the police bus hit a minibus and then ran over the seven persons, including a girl child and two students of the Government Medical College.

Around a dozen people were injured. Officials here at the police headquarters said a probe has been launched into the tragedy though driver Jai Prakash was reported to be absconding. Eye-witnesses claimed that the driver was drunk and lost control over the bus. — IANS