Chandigarh, Oct 29: Residents of Alisher village in Punjab’s Sangrur district were in shock on Friday after the sudden news of 29-year-old Indian origin bus driver, Manmeet Alisher, being charred to death in Brisbane city of Australia’s Queensland state reached here.
The parents of the victim were only told that there was an accident involving Alisher’s bus and that he was injured. They were not informed that he had been killed in the burning incident.
His younger brother, Amit Sharma, was on Friday preparing to leave for Australia to claim the body.
Villagers said that they were shocked to hear of the brutal and untimely death of Alisher, saying he was a promising and hard-working man.
The attack took place when Alisher, who was driving a Brisbane City Council bus, pulled into Moorvale Shopping Centre on Beaudesert Road to pick up more passengers.
A 48-year-old man at the scene was arrested after he allegedly boarded the bus in Brisbane before “throwing some type of incendiary device at the driver”, Manmeet Alisher, Xinhua news agency quoted police as saying.
“We have not informed our parents about his death. They will not be able to bear the shock. He was preparing to come home in December to get married. He has been killed mercilessly,” said his brother.
Manmeet Alisher, a soft-spoken man, had migrated to Australia nine years back. He was a singer and also organised events there, besides driving the bus. He had also opened a restaurant there.
Seeking a high-level investigation into the incident from the Australian government, Punjab Congress president Amarinder Singh said that he was shocked at the brutal killing.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) said Alisher was one of its volunteers in Australia and mourned his death.