At approximately 23:00 on Monday 7th February, a transit group of 4 people from Pakistan was apprehended by Croatian police (44.52545, 15.43298). The group had left Bosnia and entered Croatia via truck. They traveled four to five kilometers until the police stopped the vehicle. The respondent is 26, the other group members are 22, 24, and 26 years old.
Reportedly, the authorities opened the doors of the truck to find the group hidden inside. The respondent said a police officer raised his gun and shouted ‘come outside, where are you from?’. There were two police cars. The respondent described the police officers to wear light blue uniforms. This suggests Granicna Policija (Border Police) or Temelnja Policija (Regular Police). The group explained they were from Pakistan and had problems in their country. They did not ask for asylum in Croatia but said they wanted to go to Italy. One by one they disembarked from the truck.
The respondent alleges that each group member was then punched and kicked by the police. The authorities asked the transit group, ‘why you go Italia and not fight for your country?’. He claimed that 7 to 8 police officers were present. The respondent said he was hit many times across his body, including his face and rib cage. He was also struck on his back and after that does not remember where else he was assaulted. ‘After that, I don’t understand… everywhere pain’ he said.
After 15 to 20 minutes of physical abuse, the transit group were transported all together in a white van. The respondent said they were driving for 2 hours and during this time a fan was blowing cold air into the van. ‘We knocked on the camion, but the police not respond, we said “close the fan, close the fan”, but he no respond’, he explained. He said 3 to 4 police officers, wearing the same light blue uniform, accompanied them on the journey. The van transported the group back to Bosnia (44.712069, 15.929453) and arrived between 01:00 and 01:30 on the 8th of February 2022. Upon leaving the van one by one, each group member was again hit with a baton by the police 3 to 4 times each. The transit group then set off on foot back to Bihać which is a 4 to 5-hour journey.