Sydney: In a shocking incident a 29-year-old Indian origin bus driver was burnt to death today while sitting behind the wheel in a shocking and senseless attack in Australia’s Queensland state.
According to international web media, a 48-year-old man at the scene was arrested after he allegedly climbed aboard the bus in Brisbane before “throwing some type of incendiary device at the driver”.
Queensland Police Commissioner, Ian Stewart as saying in Brisbane, “Sadly the driver, Manmeet Alishera, 29-year-old man, died as a result of his injuries.”
Stewart said, there is no evidence of any linkage to “terrorist type activities” or links to a racial motivation.
Local media reported that Manmeet Alisher was a beloved Indian singer and prominent figure in Brisbane’s Punjabi community. He was described as a soft spoken, courteous and genuine man.
Several passengers on board the bus at the time managed to escape via the rear doors “partly because of the heroic actions of a taxi driver who saw what was unfolding”, Stewart said.