Indian-origin bus driver burnt alive in Brisbane

SYDNEY: An Indian-origin bus driver burnt alive by a passenger with inflammable liquid in front of horrified passengers in Brisbane on Friday.

According to police, there was no apparent motive for the killing of 29-year old, Manmeet Alisher, a well-known singer in the Punjabi community.

Police Superintendent Jim Keogh told reporters, “it’s a horrific incident here in the quiet suburb of Moorooka.”

“This is a rare one where it appears to be no apparent motive. A bus driver, going about, doing his business, supporting the community, has had his life taken from him in what is a senseless and needless act,” the police official said.

A 48-year old suspect was arrested and placed in custody.

Around half-a-dozen more passengers were in the bus at the time of the incident and some of them were treated for smoke inhalation.

Bystanders opened the rear door of the bus and rescued the traumatized passengers from the bus.

He is reported to have climbed the bus when it stopped to pick up passengers. Then he “threw some type of incendiary device at the driver”, Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said in Brisbane.

Flags would be flown at half mast in Queensland on Saturday as a mark of respect for Alisher who was engaged to be married.

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