Abandoned bus catches fire; two kids burnt alive

Shahdol : Two children were today burnt to death when an abandoned bus in which they were playing suddenly caught fire here, police said.

The deceased were identified as Ashi Kushwaha (3) and Ahua Burman (6).

The kids were playing in the bus parked on the roadside since the last 6 to 7 months under Sohagpur police station area when it suddenly caught fire. The flames also engulfed a nearby truck, District Superintendent of Police Sushant Kumar Saxena said.

The two children were found charred to death in the gutted bus, he added.

Firefighters later put out the blaze.

Police have filed a case and started investigation to ascertain the cause of the fire.

Meanwhile, District Collector Mukesh Shukla announced a financial help of Rs 4 lakh each to the families of the deceased.