Chandigarh: The body of Punjabi bus driver Manmeet Alisher, who was set ablaze in Brisbane on Friday when an incendiary device similar to a Molotov cocktail was allegedly thrown inside his bus at a Moorooka bus stop, will reach India on Thursday.
Divulging details over phone from Australia, a close associate of Alisher family Winnerjit Singh Goldy said the body was handed over to them and they would bring it back to India on Thursday. The flight will reach at 5.40 pm on Delhi airport from where it would be taken to his ancestral village Alisher in Sangrur district where the cremation is scheduled for 9 am on Friday.
He also informed that Air India has announced to charge nothing for transporting the coffin from Australia to India.
Speaking further Goldy, who is accompanying deceased’s brother Amit Alisher, added that the government of Australia has declared to create a memorial in the name of Manmeet Alisher and all related details would be communicated to the bereaved family with a month.
He thanked everyone came out in support of Alisher and making it a campaign which drove the government and India and Australia to deal with the matter quite sensitively.
It is pertinent to mention that some news portals had recently carried a news with the reference of a statement issued by India’s ministry of external affairs that stated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also telephoned the Australian Prime Minister and while communicating Turnbull told Modi that he was “shocked” by the brutal killing and said the matter was being investigated.
Though Queensland police have said there is no evidence the crime was racially motivated but, following a series of attacks on Indian students in Melbourne in 2009, there is a suspicion in India that Alisher’s killing was a hate crime.
There have been two commissions set up which includes a private one and the report of that is yet awaited.
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