Punjabi Bus Driver, Manmeet Alisher, Burnt Alive In Australia; Community Alleges Hate Crime

SYDNEY: A passenger doused a bus driver from punjabi community with inflammable liquid and burned him to death in front of horrified passengers in the Australian city of Brisbane on Friday

The victim identified later as 29-year-old man named by local media as Manmeet Alisher, a well-known singer in the Indian Punjabi community.

Manmeet Alisher, who was driving a Brisbane City Council bus, was targeted by a man who threw an “incendiary device” at him which sparked a fire.

Alisher, a well-known singer in the Punjabi community, died on the spot while several passengers on board the bus at the time managed to escape through the rear door, police said.

Six persons were rushed to a nearby hospital for smoke inhalation and minor injuries, they said.

A 48-year-old suspect was arrested at the bus stop and placed in custody.

The motive of the attacker is still unknown according to media sources, but some of the punjabi community members taking it as hate crime.

(Agencies & Media reports)