Wednesday, May 24, 2017
ADVT 
International

58-Year-Old Indian Detained By Immigration Authorities At Atlanta Airport Dies In Custody

IANS, 19 May, 2017
  • 58-Year-Old Indian Detained By Immigration Authorities At Atlanta Airport Dies In Custody
An Indian man who came to the US from Latin America without proper documents has died while in federal custody in Atlanta, in Georgia state, according to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.
 
Atulkumar Babubhai Patel, 58, died on Tuesday at an Atlanta hospital, the ICE said in a statement. "The preliminary cause of death has been ruled to be complications from congestive heart failure," it added.
 
The Indian citizen arrived in Atlanta on May 10 from Quito, Ecuador, without the necessary immigration documents and on May 11 US Customs and Border Protection officials transferred him to ICE custody, the agency said.
 
When Patel was admitted to the Atlanta Detention Center, an initial medical screening showed he had high blood pressure and diabetes, the ICE said. 
 
 
On May 13, a nurse checking his blood sugar noticed he "had shortness of breath and he was promptly transported to Grady Memorial Hospital for additional evaluation and treatment where he later died", it added.
 
The Indian Consulate General in Atlanta was informed about Patel's death and they have informed his family, the ICE said.
 
The Atlanta Journal Constitution newspaper reported that Patel was the second person to die in ICE custody in Georgia within two days.
 
A Panamanian citizen was found dead at another ICE centre with a sheet around his neck, the newspaper said.
 
Shana Tabak, an immigration law professor who heads a Georgia lawyers' network helping ICE detainees, called the two deaths "shocking and tragic", the newspaper reported.
 
She told the newspaper that the government was constitutionally obligated to provide detainees with adequate medical care "and two deaths in Georgia in one week certainly raises the question to me of whether the ICE and the US government are meeting those legal obligations".

MORE International ARTICLES

Indian-American Navin Shankar Subramaniam Xavier Jailed For USD 33 Million Fraud In United States

Indian-American Navin Shankar Subramaniam Xavier Jailed For USD 33 Million Fraud In United States

Navin Shankar Subramaniam Xavier, a resident of Florida, was the former Chief Executive Officer of Essex Holdings, the company through which he carried out two fraud schemes.

Indian-American Navin Shankar Subramaniam Xavier Jailed For USD 33 Million Fraud In United States

Canadian Injured In Times Square Car Attack In 'Very Critical' Condition: Police

Canadian Injured In Times Square Car Attack In 'Very Critical' Condition: Police

New York City police say a Canadian woman remains in very critical condition a day after a speeding car slammed into pedestrians in Times Square in what authorities said was a deliberate attack.

Canadian Injured In Times Square Car Attack In 'Very Critical' Condition: Police

Amid Anger At Home, Pakistan Moves ICJ Over Kulbhushan Jadhav

Amid Anger At Home, Pakistan Moves ICJ Over Kulbhushan Jadhav

Pakistan on Friday filed a plea in the ICJ for it to rehear within six weeks the case of alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, after the government was slammed by the opposition for "mishandling" the case at the world court.

Amid Anger At Home, Pakistan Moves ICJ Over Kulbhushan Jadhav

Slain Pakistani Sufi Singer's Family Seeks Protection

Slain Pakistani Sufi Singer's Family Seeks Protection

The family of famed Sufi Qawwal singer Amjad Sabri, who was shot dead in Karachi last June, has requested the Pakistan government to provide them security, a media report said.

Slain Pakistani Sufi Singer's Family Seeks Protection