Punjabi-origin Manmeet Alisher murder in Brisbane; Man charged

A 48-year-old man has been charged with murder, arson and numerous attempted murder counts after the horror attack that killed a Brisbane bus driver on Friday. Anthony O’Donohue, 48, appeared briefly in the Brisbane magistrates court on Saturday charged with killing Manmeet Alisher, 29, on Friday.

In a horrific incident, a 29-year- old Indian-origin bus driver was today burned to death when a man poured some flammable liquid on him in front of several shocked passengers in Australia’s Brisbane city, police said.

Eleven people were also treated by paramedics for minor injuries and smoke inhalation at the scene.

Police have said they do not suspect terrorism and that the attack was not racially motivated, according to media reports.

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In Punjab, the victim’s village, Alisher, in Sangrur village is in shock with people trying to find cause for this gruesome murder.

A vigil was held overnight in Brisbane to honour Alisher, an Indian immigrant who friends said was also a musician and artist. He was an integral part of the Punjabi community, according to his close friend.

Preliminary inquiries indicate just after 9 AM (local time) Friday passengers were boarding a bus on Beaudesert Road when a man threw an item at the driver causing fire, police said.

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Police said the bus, carrying six passengers, pulled into Moorvale Shopping Centre on Beaudesert Road to pick up three passengers when the incident took place.

Alisher’s brother told media his family suspected the killing was racially motivated. “We suspect that it may be [racially motivated],” he said. “We would like to see due process, we have faith in the Australian system.”