Patiala: Four persons were killed and 40 injured on Saturday when their bus hit a roadside tree near village Kauli, 15 kms from here, police said.

The mishap took place when the bus, which was coming from Chandigarh, in a bid to overtake another vehicle, swerved hit the tree, they said.

The injured, five of them stated to be in critical condition, have been admitted to a local hospital, police said.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal announced an ex-gratia amount of Rs 1 lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 25,000 to the seriously injured.


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