On the 14th of August, around 7:30 in the morning, a group of 7 Kashmiri people was caught by Croatian authorities in the forests near the A23 highway.
They were walking when they encountered seven officers who told them to stop. According to the respondent the officers were wearing blue shirts, indicating that they were either Croatian regular or Croatian border police officers.
The respondent states, that even though all group members obeyed the police officer’s order and stopped and sat down, one police officer proceeded to questioned them repeatedly about the presence of further group members. “He say where is your other friend, where is your other friend. I say, only we are seven”. This interrogation was accompanied by a use of physical violence by the police officer. “When he say stop, we sit and stop, everyone. But why hit him? When he sit and stop.” The police officer beat all seven group members with a baton. One group member has an injured leg due to this beating.
Then, according to the respondent, the police checked their bags and took their personal belongings, including money, mobiles and the shoes of one group member. “After he check everything, our bag and everything and take mobile, anything take.”
The group member claims, that they were not taken in any car, but got the order to turn around and walk back to Bosnia. “He say go border Bosnia again. Go Lipa, Bihac he say. We walk all the way.” There was again a use of physical violence in the form of beating by the police officer. “When he deport, he also again hit him”
The group was pushed back and had to walk around 130km back to Lipa.