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Tuesday, August 23, 2011
At least 10 passengers including three women and two children were burnt alive and charred to death and 15 injured on Sunday evening in Barwani district when the crew of one bus set fire to another. The incident took place when the bus belonging to Ashoka Travels was set on fire by some members of rival transport company- Sai Kripa Travels- following a scuffle.
Eyewitnesses and the Police said both the buses, one of rajasthan (Nasik – Sikar route) and the other of Madhya Pradesh (Sendhva- Indore route), were going in the same direction. The drivers of the two buses first had a tiff near a toll plaza. When the Madhya Pradesh bus reached a place near the integrated outpost at Balsamud, The Rajasthan bus overtook it and forced it to stop.
Before the passengers of the Madhya Pradesh bus could realize anything, two drivers of the Rajasthan bus, Tarun Soni and Rajkumar Kushwah and conductor Dileep Sharma got out petrol from two motor bikes, sprinkled it on the bus and set it on fire.
Local residents helped some passengers to jump out of the bus. Some did so after breaking the window panes.
Rajendra Khori, said he lost his father, Baburao, 62, mother Suman 55 , wife 28 yrs and daughter 3 years, in the gory incident.
Superintendent of Police R.S. Meena said that the bus, belonging to Ashok Travels, was set on fire around 5 p.m. at Sedhav Balmukund area in the district. "There was a fight among two bus operators and one operator's people torched Ashok Travels' bus in which at least 10 people were killed," said Meena.
Twenty-two people received burns. Bodies of eight dead people have been recovered so far.
The Madhya Pradesh government on Monday announced Rs 2 lakh ex-gratia to the family of those killed in the tragic bus fire incident.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and chief secretary Ashwini Vaishya, on Monday, reached Indore to meet those injured in the dreadful incident.
IG Anuradha Shankar said that following the incident, the police had registered a case of murder against Dileep Sharma and Tarun Soni, both residents of Mandsaur, and Guna resident Rajkumar Kuswaha.