The incident took place when the guests of a wedding party were returning to their village, but the wedding couple was travelling in a separate vehicle.

Police said that the driver of the bus survived the accident and ran away, but was later captured.

Shivraj Singh Chouhan, chief minister of the state, ordered an inquiry into the accident and announced compensation of $2,200 for each family of the deceased.

In a similar accident on Thursday, 10 people returning from a cremation were electrocuted when a live power cable fell on their bus in the eastern Indian state of Bihar.