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Modi takes up with Australia PM killing of Indian-origin bus driver, Turnbull expresses shock

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday raised with his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull India’s concern over the brutal killing of a 29-year-old Indian-origin bus driver, who was burned to death when a man poured some flammable liquid on him in Brisbane.

Prime Minister Modi telephoned Turnbull to wish him Diwali greetings and also conveyed a “sense of concern being felt in India over the recent brutal killing of Mr Manmeet Alisher, a person of Indian origin, in Australia,” a Prime Minister’s Office statement here said.

Alisher, a well-known singer in the Punjabi community, was driving a Brisbane City Council bus on Friday when he was targeted by the man who threw an “incendiary 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.

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