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Condolences, support for driver's family

AAP logoAAP 1/11/2016 Stuart Layt

Brisbane City Council has started a public appeal for the family of slain Indian bus driver Manmeet Alisher.

Mr Alisher, also known as Manmeet Sharma, was killed when he was set alight on Friday morning as he stopped his bus to pick up passengers at Moorooka in Brisbane's south.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk on Tuesday introduced a condolence motion to council, watched on from the public gallery by Manmeet's brother Amit Sharma, who has travelled from India to oversee funeral arrangements.

In announcing the public appeal, Mr Quirk said Mr Alisher had been supporting his family in India with his job as a bus driver.

"So I would ask the people of Brisbane to consider making a contribution to the fund," he said.

Several councillors spoke during the emotional session, including Greens councillor Jonathan Sri, who said he understood the depth of sorrow Mr Alisher's family must be feeling.

"It's a great pain to send your son or daughter to the other side of the world, not knowing whether you'll see them again, but feeling great pride that they've made it, they've gone to the West, to Australia," Mr Sri said.

"And for this to then happen makes me so, so sad."

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk earlier told state parliament everyone who knew Mr Alisher described him as a generous person who would always help those in need.

"We want to assure the Indian community that they are a valued and respected part of our Queensland community," she said.

Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls also offered condolences, describing Mr Alisher as a "wonderful person, a kind soul who had a zest and a spirit for life".

Ms Palaszczuk has also hailed taxi driver Aguek Nyok as a community hero for kicking in the back door of the bus to help passengers escape the blaze.

She has written to the Australian Bravery Declarations Council to nominate Mr Nyok for recognition.

The city council will also look at setting up a permanent memorial for Mr Alisher at Moorooka, as well as the possibility of re-naming a local park in his honour.

Anthony O'Donohue, 48, has been charged with murder, accused of throwing an incendiary device at Mr Alisher.

Health Minister Cameron Dick on Monday revealed O'Donohue had received mental health services on Brisbane's southside and announced a review into his treatment.

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