The victims were returning after taking part in the ongoing Bhagoria festival.
Dhar/Manawar : Twelve persons, including three children, were killed on Friday and 30 others were injured when the bus they were travelling in collided head-on with a truck near Karoli village in Dhar district.
The victims were returning to their respective places after taking part in the ongoing Bhagoria festival organised prior to Holi in the tribal region of Manawar tehsil here, police said. The bus was on its way to Kukshi from Dhamnod in the district this afternoon when it collided with the speeding truck near Singhana toll booth in Manawar Police Station area, Dhar District Superintendent of Police Rajesh Hingankar said. “Some passengers died on the spot, while others succumbed to their injuries in different hospitals. The deceased include three women and as many children,” he said. The injured are undergoing treatment in Manawar and Barwani hospitals, the SP said. Indore Division Commissioner Sanjay Dube said a rescue operation is being carried out by the district administration. Further investigation is on. Five of the deceased were identified as Nandini Balram (44), Sourabh (17), Ambika (13), Akshay (10) and Anil (35), they said. Police suspect the driver and the conductor of the bus were also killed in the mishap. Indore Division Commissioner said an ex-gratia of Rs 15,000 will be given to the kin of each deceased, while Rs 5,000 will be given to each injured person.
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