• Family says “there are a lot of questions” but told no evidence attack was racially motivated
  • Mr Alisher remembered as a generous, community-oriented man and a well known singer
  • Family urges calm in Australian Punjabi community
  • Pacific- Indian community mourns for  unexpected demise of Manmeet Sharma
  • Police ruled out an  act of  racial attack
  • Prime minister Naredra Modi& External affairs Minister  Sushama Swaraj Shocked on this news  and contacted Australian counter part to take  necessary action

manmeeth-houseAn Indian Punjabi  migrant  Manmeet Alisher alias  Manmeet Sharma (29)  burnt alive   at Moorooka  ,Brisbane south , while driving a public transport bus of local council.

         Manmeet Alisher  (29) who was a prominent figure and well know singer  in Australia’s Punjabi community has brutally killed a person  after being set on fire while driving a bus in Brisbane.An “incendiary device” was thrown at bus driver Manmeet Alisher, 29, as he pulled over to collect passengers in the neighborhood of Moorooka  bus stop at Brisbane  shortly after 9 a.m.  on Friday. (Queensland Time)“At that time one of the passengers entered onto the bus and poured a flammable liquid onto the driver and subsequently the driver was set alight  and driver  deceased,” Queensland Police Superintendent Jim Keogh told to media.

killerYesterday itself Queensland Police Superintendent Jim Keogh said a 48-year-old man had been taken into police custody after he allegedly threw a device and while there was “no apparent motive” he had ruled out a link to terrorism.

“Words escape me, it’s a horrific incident here in the quiet suburb of Moorooka,” Superintendent Keogh said.

.A local resident man  Anthony Mark Edward O’Donohue  48-year-old suspect who was arrested at the scene.  He was stopped the bus at bus stop to pick 3 passengers, one of the passenger.
Anthony Mark Edward O’Donohue, 48, appeared briefly in the Brisbane Magistrates Court this morning charged with murder, arson and eleven counts of attempted murder in relation to the attack.

A 48-year-old man has been remanded in custody charged with the murder of Brisbane City Council bus driver Manmeet Alisher, 11 counts of attempted murder relating to his passengers, and arson.

Outside court, Adam Magill described the matter as “very heinous” and said he did not expect his client to apply for bail.

“His major concern as far as I’m concerned at this point in time is his mental health, that needs to be assessed,” he said.

“He’s numb at this stage … I don’t think he’s feeling anything at this point in time.

“He’s trying to come to terms with what happened himself.”

 

“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.Tributes poured in on him from all over the world  for late Manmeet, who was described as being a passionate singer.

Manmeet Alisher’s friends and family in India left with questions after Brisbane bus attack.

in Punjab, Mr Alisher’s brother Amit drove through the night so he could board a plane for Australia and eventually bring his late brother home.

A close friend of the family, Winnerjit Singh, said the family were shocked and saddened by the brutal killing.

“I want to assure you that there is no evidence at this time to any linkage of terrorist-type activities and certainly that has not become evident through our ongoing investigations,” the official added.

“Our top priority now is to assist the loved ones of the bus driver who sadly perished in this incident.”The young man was engulfed in flames while terrified passengers tried to escape from the back of the bus, police confirmed in a statement.

“The fire was substantial, he would have stood little chance.”

At a press conference, Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart ruled out terrorism or a racist motive for the attack, but did say counter-terrorism authorities were taking part in the investigation as a “precaution.”

Lawyer Adam Magill told the media he had concerns for his client’s mental health, which needed to be assessed particularly because the heinous circumstances of the alleged offence did not “make sense”.

“He’s numb, I don’t think he’s feeling anything at this point in time,” Mr Magill said.

“He’s trying to come to terms with what happened himself.”

Six people were on the council bus at the time of the attack on 29-year-old Manmeet Alisher, who was also known as Manmeet Sharma, with a number treated for minor injuries and smoke inhalation, police said.

 

Queensland Police Superintendent Jim Keogh said a 48-year-old man had been taken into police custody after he allegedly threw a device and while there was “no apparent motive” he had ruled out a link to terrorism.

“Words escape me, it’s a horrific incident here in the quiet suburb of Moorooka,” Superintendent Keogh said.

 

“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.

 

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