On the 7th February, the respondents left Bihac and walked to Velika Kladusa where they then went into the mountains at the Croatian border. After they had been walking for 8 hours, at around 6pm, near the 216 road in Croatia, they were apprehended by 4 Croatian authorities who put them into a vehicle and drove them back to the border near Velika Kladusa.
At this point, the respondents faced 10 to 12 police officers all wearing black masks. Their phones, money, clothes and shoes were taken. With only their underwear left, they were struck with batons by the officers. There were also 2 police dogs who bit one of the group-members. This lasted for around 30 minutes. One of the respondents claims that 10 police officers were simultaneously beating 2 of his friends. Reportedly, one officer threatened them with a knife saying:
‘You come another time, I kill you.’
Afterwards, the respondents were forced to walk back into Bosnia. From the spot at the border where the vehicle stopped, near Velika Kladusa they had to walk the 50 kilometers to Bihac wearing only underwear.