In a shocking incident, Eight passengers were burnt to death and 10 injured when a bus caught fire at Harnaut in Nalanda district of Bihar on Thursday evening.
The private bus was on its way from Patna to Sheikhpura district when it caught fire and injured have been rushed to a government hospital in Bihar Sharif for treatment.
The incident occured at around 5 pm today when the bus was crossing Harnaut market and the fire was instant and so massive that it did not give much time to the passengers to escape leaving 8 people dead and few passengers did managed to get out of the bus in time.
The DM and SP of Nalanda rushed to the spot as soon as the incident was reported to carry out the rescue operation but by the time they reached, the bus was completely burnt.
According to Nalanda SP, the reason behind the fire was presence of carbide, a chemical substance which was being carried by some passenger and which perhaps caught fire because of the excessive heat.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has expressed his grief over the incident and announced Rs 4 lakh compensation to kin of the deceased.
Police have begun investigation in the case.