Brisbane based Punjabi singer, Manmeet Sharma aka Manmeet Alisher, was recently victim to the most inhumane act of racism by a 48 year old man named Anthony Mark Edward O'Donohue. He was burnt alive!
Manmeet Sharma hailed from Alisher, a small town near Lehragaga in Sangrur Dist of Punjab, India. He had been living in Brisbane over the last few years, according to Brisbane's Punjabi community.
Relative and friend Aman Bhangu told SBS Punjabi Radio he was an "outgoing, lively person who enjoyed his short yet meaningful life. He will surely be remembered for his beautiful smile and the work he did for social causes.”
He was popular within the Punjabi community in Australia as a singer. It was also understood he had a passion for poetry and singing.
Superintendent Jim Keogh said there was "no apparent motive" for the attack and that police had ruled out terrorism.
Today, bus drivers on the job across Brisbane are wearing black armbands as a sign of respect for their dead colleague, his friends and family. A flag is flying at half mast over City Hall in the Brisbane CBD.
Delegates at the Queensland ALP conference on the Gold Coast this morning stood for a minute's silence to mark the deaths of Mr Alisher and the four victims of the Dreamworld tragedy.
Manmeet's horrific death was likely captured on cameras installed on Brisbane City Council buses. The crime played out in full view of horrified onlookers and just four weeks after the state government finally announced a review aimed at halting escalating attacks on bus drivers.
Hundreds had gathered at Brisbane Sikh Temple at Eight Mile Plains on Saturday for a special memorial service for Mr Alisher.
Everything said and done, we just know that these attacks are not meant to be reciprocated..hatred MUST NOT spread. Let's all come together to kill no one but Racism and pray for those who've lost themselves to this social stigma.
RACISM CAN NEVER MAKE SENSE TO A SANE MIND AND IF IT DOES TO YOU THEN YOU ARE MENTALLY SICK!