New Delhi: The Indian government has taken cognizance of the burning of the Indian-origin bus driver in Australia and has decided to intervene to enquire further into the matter.
On Friday in Brisbane, Australia, 29-year-old Indian-origin bus driver Manmeet Alisher was burned to death by a man who threw an incendiary device at him. However, Australian officials investigating into the case ruled out the possibility of hate crime and said that the accused man was mentally deranged.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted on Sunday that she would raise the issue with the Australian government.
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) October 29, 2016
Alisher hailed from Sangrur in Punjab and had moved to Australia about nine years ago.
Whether this was a racially motivated attack or not is yet to be found out, but there have been several instances of racial attacks against Indians in Australia in the past.