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Parents still to be told of driver's death

AAP logoAAP 29/10/2016

The frail parents of slain bus driver Brisbane Manmeet Alisher are yet to be told of his death as his brother arranges for his body to be taken home to India.

His distraught brother Amit arrived in Brisbane on Sunday but was too distressed to speak to media in Brisbane on Sunday.

Family spokesman Winnerjit Goldy said the family would wait until they return his body to tell his sick mother and elderly father.

"We haven't told the parents that he's no more, we just say it's an accident, he's in a coma," Mr Goldy said.

"He's the one, he's the main family member, all family is dependent on that person. The whole family is dependent on him."

Amit Alisher visited the site of the fire on Sunday afternoon, where flowers have been laid and a vigil was held on Saturday night.

His brother was burned alive when an incendiary device was thrown at him while he was letting passengers on at Moorooka on Friday morning.

Manmeet Alisher, a prominent figure and beloved singer in the Punjabi community, was employed as a casual bus driver and had only been working in the job for several months before Friday's horrific attack.

Mr Goldy said the 29-year-old was not only a bus driver, but a gem with a big future.

"He had big dreams. When he talked about his future he would say one day I will be a leader in Australia, I will be a businessman."

Anthony O'Donohue, 48, has been charged with murder, arson and 11 counts of attempted murder, and will remain in custody until his case returns to court in late November.

On Saturday, O'Donohue's lawyer said he had concerns for the mental health of his client.

Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said there was nothing to suggest the attack was racially motivated, but Amit Alisher has told the ABC he fears otherwise.

"We suspect that it may be (racially motivated)," he said.

"We would like to see due process, we have faith in the Australian system."

Meanwhile, a taxi driver hailed a hero for helping save passengers on Mr Alisher's bus will be recommended for a bravery award.

Aguek Nyok kicked out the back door of the flaming bus after he heard passengers screaming to get out.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she would write to the Australian Bravery Declarations Council recommending Aguek Nyok be nominated for a national bravery medal for his heroic actions in Friday's fire attack.

"I'm more than happy to put his name forward for a bravery medal - he saved 11 lives that day ... he put his own life at risk."

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