“Four Army-people, they cought us and they called police. And they let us go to policestation. And they take us off the clothes and the bags, shoes, all things. ”

  • Date and time: April 11, 2021 23:59
  • Location: Next to the river Korana, close to Cazin (BiH)
  • Coordinates: 45.022661819588, 15.764267537559
  • Pushback from: Croatia
  • Pushback to: Bosnia
  • Demographics: 15 person(s), age: unknown , from: India
  • Minors involved? No
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), forcing to undress, theft of personal belongings, forcing to cross a river
  • Police involved: 4 Croatian officers in green uniforms, 8 Croatian officers in black uniforms likely to be Intervention-police, 2 big vehicles.
  • Taken to a police station?: yes
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention: no translator present, denial of food/water
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: No
  • Reported by: No Name Kitchen

Original Report

On the 4th of April, a group of 15 adults with Indian nationality crossed the border from Bosnia into Croatia close to Bihac (Bosnia).

On the 11th of April, after eight days of walking, the group was apprehended by four officers near the Slovenian border. The officers wore green uniforms and the respondent described them as Army people. These officers are likely to belong to the Croatian Special police as this unit normally wears green camouflage uniforms.

„They are Army-people, green dressed. They are good. (…) They say, eat food, no problem.“

The officers in green uniforms made a call and next, two big police vehicles and eight more officers arrive. The officers wore black uniforms and masks. This description matches with the uniforms worn by the Croatian Intervention Police.

„Black dressed and black masks and black caps.“

The officers put the people into the two vehicles and drove them to a nearby police station.

Two cars come and eight police officers come. Two big cars come. 15 people and they let us go to police station.“

In the police station, which the respondent describes as small, the People on the Move were not allowed to eat and all their belongings were taken from them.

„All bags, shoes, phones, money, all things.“

After around one hour, the group was put into the vehicles again that then drove for, what the respondent remembers as one hour.

Around midnight they reached a river at the border between Croatia and Bosnia near the Bosnian town Cazin. The group had to get off the vehicle and was then beaten by the officers. Then the group was forced to jump in the river (Korana), which was around one meter deep, and cross it to arrive back in Bosnia.

When they put on the river, they beat. They put to jump on the river.“