Petition to support family of bus driver Manmeet Sharma

The Indian (Sub-Cont) Crisis & Support Agency (ICSA), a volunteer rganisation, has decided to run a petition for Manmeet Alisher Sharma and his cruel death at the hands of Brisbane man.

The petition has been organised to be sent to the attention of:

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Australian Government: The Hon Malcolm Turnbull Prime Minister,

The Hon Peter Dutton Minister for Immigration & Border Protection

Queensland State Government: Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk

Brisbane City Council: Lord Mayor Graham Quirk

Indian Government: The High Commission of India in Australia Mr Naveep Suri &

Consulate General of Brisbane; Mrs Archana Singh



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To Whom it May Concern

We as a community were shocked in learning of the fate of Manmeet Alisher (full name Manmeet Sharma), who was horrifically killed on 28th Oct 2016 in Brisbane. A young man going about his duty driving a bus, when in a completely unprovoked attack, an incendiary device was thrown at him setting him on fire, causing him to burn to death.

Such was the shock, that it precipitated India’s Prime Minister The Hon Narendra Modi, to call the Prime Minister of Australia The Hon Malcom Turnbull personally to express concerns.

We as a community of people across the multicultural spectrum along with local politicians have come together in peaceful vigils across Australia to show our respect and offer our condolences.

These gatherings have allowed people, in India and indeed the world to know that Manmeet Alisher was a popular man, a keen artist and rising in fame as a folk singer. Manmeet’s work in the arts expressed great human values through his performances and videos. To all extent Manmeet had indeed built a wonderful and productive life in Australia and was a shining example of how migration enriches this country.

For those who knew him, he will not only be missed but treasured; for those who didn’t know him wish they had at least met him so as to feel the loss not just for now but for the future. Manmeet has now become a part of his our community’s treasure.

For Manmeet’s family this tragedy is a nightmare; the loss of a cherished loved one who can never be replaced. Manmeet’s demise now has many ramifications on the family’s own lives that they are left to deal with. Some of this is in very practical terms, such as the trial and the implications of Manmeet’s financial affairs here in Australia.

The Indian (Sub-Cont) Crisis & Support Agency (ICSA), authorised by the family, has made a formal submission on behalf of them to the Australian Government to secure their residency in Australia on a permanent basis. Further requests have been made to the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council to secure appropriate assistance for the family including accommodation and assistance in finding employment. The Indian Government through the High Commission has been requested to assist with transport and other consular support.

We the community have put all our support behind that request and seek that the appropriate authorities extend all possible assistance to Manmeet’s family. We respectfully ask the relevant agencies to make every effort to ensure that Manmeet’s family has some relief at least in the pragmatic issues and ensure justice is done to the fullest extent.

Nothing will bring their son back, all we can do for the family is support them through this awful tragedy.



I am signing this petition to urge the Governments of both Australia and India to take immediate action in regards to assisting the family of Manmeet Alisher and to let the Australian Government know that we expect full justice for Manmeet in the prosecution of the attacker.


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