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Singer killed in Australia cremated at native village in Punjab

Manmeet Alisher, the 29-year-old bus driver who was burnt to death in Australian city of Brisbane on October 28, was cremated at his native village, Alisher in Lehragaga near here, this morning. Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann, Akali leader Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and Sangrur deputy commissioner Arishdeep Singh Thind were among the prominent people who attended the cremation. Punjabi singer Kanwar Grewal, too, was present.

punjab Updated: Nov 04, 2016 22:38 IST
HT Correspondent
Manmeet Alisher

Alisher, an aspiring singer, hailed from Punjab’s Sangrur and had moved to Australia nine years ago on a student visa. (Courtesy: SBS)

Manmeet Alisher, the 29-year-old bus driver who was burnt to death in Australian city of Brisbane on October 28, was cremated at his native village, Alisher in Lehragaga near here, this morning. Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann, Akali leader Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and Sangrur deputy commissioner Arishdeep Singh Thind were among the prominent people who attended the cremation. Punjabi singer Kanwar Grewal, too, was present.

Manmeet, who aspired to be a singer, had moved to Australia about nine years ago on a student visa. He started a restaurant called Desi Flavours and drove a bus for the Brisbane City Council.

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Bhagwant Mann creates scene

High drama was witnessed at Manmeet’s house when the body was about to be carried for cremation. Bhagwant Mann allegedly wanted that the cremation should take place after some time, but the mourners didn’t agree with him. After some heated arguments, he was forced to leave in a huff. Mann also exchanged arguments with mediapersons and Sangrur SSP Pritpal Singh Thind. He objected to the red beacon atop the SSP’s car.

Despite several attempts, Mann could not be contacted for his comment.