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The men were surrounded by the border police and beaten for several minutes each, and pushed to the Serbian side of the border

Date & Time 2017-09-10
Location Vrbanja, Croatia
Reported by Rigardu
Coordinates 45.150466, 19.163716
Pushback from Croatia
Pushback to Serbia
Taken to a police station unknown
Minors involved no
WLTI* involved no
Men involved no
Age unknown
Group size 15
Countries of origin Afghanistan, Bangladesh
Treatment at police station or other place of detention
Overall number of policemen and policewomen involved 13
Violence used beating (with batons/hands/other), kicking
Police involved 10 male police officers in Croatian police uniforms, 3 male police in border police uniforms

28 people-on-the-move walked from Šid, Serbia across the border to the Croatian side, were 15 of them (9 from Afghanistan and 6 from Bangladesh) were caught by 10 Croatian police officers, near the highway at Vrbanja, Croatia.

On Monday October 9th, 2017, at about 1.30 am, 2 police officers transported the 15 men, in a closed police van, to the Serbian-Croatian border between Tovarnik, Croatia, and Šid, Serbia, near the train rails. 3 police officers in Croatian border police uniforms were waiting for them.

One by one, the men were released from the van, surrounded by the border police officers and beaten for several minutes each, and pushed to the Serbian side of the border. The police beat them with fists and batons (long black with armrest) and kicked them on all parts of their bodies. No belongings were confiscated.

After the police had beaten every one of them, the people walked back to Šid, Serbia. The men asked to enter asylum procedures in both Croatia and Serbia, but the police denied them.