Chandigarh, May 13 (IANS) Three passengers were burnt alive and 20 others injured when a private bus caught fire near Rampura Phul town in south-west Punjab on Saturday evening, police said. Also Read - Sisodia Alleges 'Secret' Friendship Between PM Modi And Punjab CM Amarinder Singh

The injured were rushed to hospitals in Rampura Phul and Bathinda, police said. Also Read - Punjab Extends COVID-induced Restrictions Till June 15 with Certain Relaxations, Check Details

The high casualties occurred due to the fact that it was an air-conditioned bus and the passengers were trapped inside for some time after the fire broke out. Also Read - Punjab's U-turn on Sale of Vaccines to Private Hospitals After Opposition's Scam Allegations

Police said the cause of the fire bus was being ascertained.

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