PATNA: At least eight people were charred to death after a passenger bus caught fire midway through the journey in the eastern Indian state of Bihar on Thursday evening, an official report said today.
Reports said the bus was on way to Sheikhpura from Patna when it caught fire in Harnaut areas of Nalanda district. The victim included one kid. Some 50 passengers were aboard the bus.
The exaction reason behind the incident is not known but media reports said the bus apparently caught fire owing to some inflammable material loaded in the bus, which caught fire owing to excessive heat.
The fire spread so fast that the victims didn’t get time to come out as they charred to death.
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar while expressing shock over the incident has announced a compensation of Rs 400,000 to each victim family.