New Delhi: A 29-year-old Indian-origin bus driver was burnt alive by a passenger in Brisbane town in Australia on Friday.
Manmeet Alisher, who was driving a Brisbane Council bus, was charred to death by a man, who poured some flammable liquid on him and set him on fire.
Alisher, a well-known singer in the Punjabi community, died on the spot while several other passengers received minor injuries.
Alisher died on the spot while several passengers on board the bus at the time managed to escape through the rear door, police said.
Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said the attack did not appear to be a case of racism.
“There is no evidence at this time of any linkage to terrorist-type activities and certainly that has not become evident through the ongoing investigations that have occurred. We do not believe there is any evidence at this stage linking this to a racial complaint or concern by either of the people involved,” Stewart said.
“While we do not know the actual motive at this stage, I want to reassure the community that we take these incidents very seriously and that is why as a precaution, officers from the state security and counter terrorism group have also been involved,” he added.
The suspect was taken into custody.