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”.
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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.