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Indian driver killed: PM Modi expresses concern with Aus counterpart

Updated: Oct 30, 2016 18:15 IST

New Delhi [India], Oct. 30 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday wished his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull on the occasion of Diwali and also expressed his concern over the brutal killing of Indian origin bus driver Manmeet Alisher in Brisbane.

In response, Prime Minister Turnbull expressed shock at the killing and assured that the matter is being investigated thoroughly.

Earlier today, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in a tweet said that she would raise the issue at the highest level in the Australian government. She also expressed grief over the death.

A 29-year-old Indian-origin bus driver was burned to death on Friday when a man hurled an incendiary device at him in front of several shocked passengers in Brisbane city.The victim, Manmeet Alisher, was driving a Brisbane City Council bus when he was targeted by the man who threw a device at him which sparked a fire.

Alisher died on the spot while several passengers on board the bus at the time managed to escape through the rear door. He hailed from Sangrur in Punjab and had moved to Australia about nine years ago.(ANI)