“He punched me in the face when I tried to hide my phone from him”

  • Date and time: July 24, 2022 20:00
  • Location: on Karlovacka ulica, road 6 - Croatia
  • Coordinates: 45.212266, 15.929092
  • Pushback from: Croatia
  • Pushback to: Bosnia
  • Demographics: 4 person(s), age: 17,17,20,21 , from: Pakistan
  • Minors involved? Yes
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), exposure to air condition and extreme temperature during car ride, reckless driving
  • Police involved: 1 police officer wearing black and 1 police officer wearing light blue shirt
  • Taken to a police station?: no
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention:
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: No
  • Reported by: Blindspots

Original Report

The respondent is a 17-year-old man from Pakistan. He was pushed back along with 3 other men also from Pakistan. The group was aged between 17 and 21 years. The group was pushed back from Croatia to Bosnia on the 24 of July 2022 at around 8 pm.

According to the respondent, the group was intercepted by the police on road 6 Karlovacka ulica, in the direction of Vojnic – Croatia. They were stopped by one man whom they identified as an officer as they were wearing black uniforms and a gun on the belt and driving a white car that had Policija written on the side.

The respondent reported that at first, the police officer asked where they were from and then took phones, power banks, and personal items from the 4 men. The respondent says that when he tried to hide his phone from the police officer who then punched him on the forehead. The police officer had then a call and another police officer wearing a light blue shirt and driving a white van that had Policija written on the side. According to the respondent, the group went into the van and was driven to the Bosnian-Croatian border. The respondent describes a journey of 30 minutes in a very hot and dark van without windows. He is also mentioning very fast driving which made them feel sick.

At the end of the ride, the group went out of the van and the respondent is describing a place in the forest that they located then on the map. One of the police officers returned all the personal items to the group and told them “Now just go there” pointing a direction in the forest. The respondent says that the group got lost for 3 hours before arriving back in Bosnia.