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TRAGIC TURN: Police personnel and locals at the site where 28 bus passengers were electrocuted, near Surajpur village in Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh on Friday.
TRAGIC TURN: Police personnel and locals at the site where 28 bus passengers were electrocuted, near Surajpur village in Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh on Friday.

Bus comes in contact with high-voltage wire at a village in Madhya Pradesh

Mandla: Tragedy struck a marriage party when 28 of its members, most of them women, were electrocuted after the bus they were travelling in touched a high-voltage wire.

The incident occurred when a box made of iron and an almirah kept on top of the bus came in contact with the overhead wire near Surajpur village, Mandla Collector K.K. Khare said.

The deceased, all tribals, comprised 23 women, two men and three boys, he said, adding there were 36 people in the bus.

Six injured are undergoing treatment at the district hospital.

The marriage party was returning from Sukaria village to Doni village.

A criminal case has been registered against the bus owner, driver and conductor, police said, adding the driver and conductor jumped from the vehicle when it came in contact with the wire.

In Bhopal, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced a financial assistance of Rs.1 lakh each to the families of the deceased and free treatment to the injured.

A magisterial inquiry has been ordered into the accident. — PTI

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