Dewas: At least 16 people were
killed today when the bus they were travelling in was swept
away while it was crossing a bridge over the overflowing Bagri
river near here, officials said.
The private bus was on its way to Chapda from Nemawar
when it was swept away near Khategaon, about 100 km from here.
"Sixteen bodies have been recovered," Ujjain
Commissioner T Dharma Rao told PTI over phone.
The vehicle was pulled out of the swollen river and no
other body was found, he said.
DIG Varun Kapoor said 25 people swam to safety, while
three passengers were undergoing treatment at a hospital.
It was feared that several passengers were swept away
or feared drown due to strong water current. Divers have been
drafted to search their bodies.
Former Congress MLA Kailash Kundal and eyewitnesses
said nearly 100 people were travelling in the 52-seater bus.
However, Dewas Collector Pushplata Singh said the
exact number of passengers the bus was carrying was not known.
She has ordered a magisterial probe into the mishap.
Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh
Chouhan has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 1 lakh each to the
kin of the deceased and Rs 10,000 to the injured.