Indian Spokesman Correspondent
BRISBANE: A 29-years-old Punjabi origin man Manmeet Alisher was killed due to impact of an inflammable ingredient thrown over him when he was doing the duty as a bus driver.
As per reports 11 others also sustained injures as the accused threw the inflammable material over Manmeet with the intent to burning him alive. A 48 years-old man has been arrested and charged for the crime. The Australia police thus far has refused to classify the incident in the category of hate crime.
Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart has said there is nothing to suggest the attack was racially motivated.
Manmeet Alisher being an artist and the promoter of Punjabi showbiz programs was quite popular in the Punjabi community all over Australia. One of the national newspapers has quoted the Harman Radio Manager Mintu Brar acknowledging the contribution of Manmeet to the Punjabi culture. Mintu Brar has also told media that Manmeet had big plans to promote the Punjabi art and culture in Australia and that he was also planning to make a Punjabi movie.
The killing of Manmeet has sent shock waves among all Asians in Australia, especially among the people of Punjabi community.
Manmeet belonged to Sangrur district in Punjab. He did schooling from Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya at Longowal. The Sangrur Aam Admi Party AAP MP Bhagwant Mann has claimed that Manmeet was his friend. He has also shared some of the photos on facebook account wherein Manmeet his shown standing with him. .
The Five Waters Consultancy CEO Jaspal Singh Sandhu through a video posted on facebook has appealed the Punjabi community to keep calm and let the police complete its investigation. He said that appropriate measures were being taken to send his body to India for last rites.