Six persons, including four relatives of Madhya Pradesh Animal Husbandry Minister Kusum Mehdele, were killed and seven others injured today in a collision between a car and a school bus at Eran village near Sagar, police said.
Babbu Mehdele, Savitri Mehdele and Munni Mehdele died on the spot while Prahlad Mehdele and the driver of the SUV Rajesh Prasad succumbed to injuries on the way to the district hospital, Rahatgarh city Superintendent of Police Gautam Solanki said.
According to a local BJP leader, Babbu and Prahlad were cousins of Kusum Mehdele. They were heading for Panna district from Bhopal when they met with the accident at Eran village about 55 kms from here. The wives of Babbu and Prahlad also died in the accident.
Neetu Mehdele and Nikki Mehdele, who were in the SUV and five students in the school bus sustained injuries. Three of them have been admitted to the district hospital, while four others - two students and two relatives of the minister - were sent to Bhopal, Solanki added.