Betul (MP): Eleven people, including a five-year-old girl, a toddler and three women, died as a bus collided with an SUV in Betul district of Madhya Pradesh in the early hours of Friday, the police said. The accident occurred near Jhallar police station between Gudagaon in Bahisdehi when the 11 people were returning from Amaravati in Maharashtra. As the driver of the vehicle dozed off, it rammed into the bus.
On getting information, the police rushed to the spot and launched a rescue operation. They pulled out seven bodies from the mangled SUV, but to take out the rest of the bodies, the policemen had to use a gas cutter, said senior superintendent of police Simala Prasad.
According to Betul collector Amanbir Singh Bais, the post mortem of the deceased is being done and their bodies will be taken to their native village. The departments concerned have been asked to give compensation to the families of the deceased. On the grounds of evidence, the police said that the SUV rammed into the bus as its driver was dozing off.
President of India Droupadi Murmu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi mourned the death of 11 people in the road accident. In a tweet, Modi announced ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh to next of the kin of each deceased and Rs 50,000 to the injured.
Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chauhan also expressed grief over the death of 11 people and directed the officials to give Rs 2 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 10,000 to the injured. Chauhan also said that the injured would be treated free of cost. This was the second major accident in the state in a row. On the eve of Diwali, 15 people died and 40 sustained injuries in a road accident in Re