A 29-year-old Brisbane City Council bus driver has been killed after a passenger allegedly doused him with a flammable liquid and set him alight. Queensland Police Superintendent Jim Keogh said the bus, carrying six passengers, pulled into Moorvale Shopping Centre on Beaudesert Road to pick up three passengers.
The bus driver was identified as Manmeet Alisher, a 29-year-old prominent in Brisbane’s Indian community. Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said detectives from South Brisbane district and the state crime command’s homicide group had started a homicide investigation. A 48-year-old man was in police custody. “A man threw some type of incendiary device at the driver, sadly, the driver died as a result of these injuries,” Mr Stewart said.
Flags will be flown at half mast across Brisbane tomorrow as a mark of respect for the Mr Alisher. Friends said he was a singer, dancer and used to be a taxi driver and was engaged to be married. Mr Stewart said there was no indication that it was a racially motivated attack. “Our top priority now is to assist the loved ones of the bus driver who sadly perished in this incident.”
The bomb squad left the scene after searching the bus for any suspicious objects. The bus will now be towed away for a full forensic examination. Stay tuned for further updates.