Truck loses control, ploughs into crowd, killing 20 protesting farmers in India

Farmers have been protesting across India in recent weeks. [FILE PHOTO]
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Farmers have been protesting across India in recent weeks. [FILE PHOTO]

At least 20 people have been killed and several others seriously injured after a truck driver lost control and ploughed into a group of protesting farmers in southern India on Friday, officials say.

At least 14 of those killed were electrocuted because the bus first hit an electricity pole causing high-tension wires to fall onto the crowd, police official Jaya Lakshmi said.

The local government has ordered an investigation.

Eyewitnesses on local TV described heart-rending scenes and mangled bodies as the bus first hit a car and the electricity pole before crashing into the crowd.

The farmers were gathered outside the main police station in the town of Yerpedu protesting against illegal sand mining in their area.

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 - AP

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