The death of Atul Kumar Babubhai Patel has shocked Indian American community in the US. It was merely last week when the 58-year-old Indian was reportedly taken into custody by the US Immigration department custody.
Reports suggest that the man, apparently belonging to the Indian state of Gujarat was taken into custody at the Atlanta City Detention Center where he was found to have high blood pressure and diabetes. Reports suggest that he breathed his last at a hospital in Atlanta.
Patel was reportedly arrested for not possessing complete immigration documents while entering the country. He is thought to have entered the US without necessary document.
Reports said that the officials arrested him at the Atlanta City Detention Center for two days. Patel’s cause of death, according to officials, is congestive heart failure. He had arrived at the Atlanta airport on May 10 on a flight from Ecuador. The Immigration department, in a statement, said the US Customs and Border Protection denied Patel entry into the country as he did not possess the necessary immigration documents. He was then transferred to the custody of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Officials said that it was at the Atlanta City Detention Center, where the Indian national received an initial medical screening and was found to have high blood pressure and diabetes. On Saturday, a nurse checking his blood sugar noticed he had a breathing problem following which he was shifted to a hospital where he passed away.
US Customs and Border Protection reportedly informed the Indian consular representatives who informed Patel’s family about his death. The agency said that deaths in its custody are “exceedingly rare” and occur at a fraction of the rate of the US detained population as a whole.
In a statement ICE said, “Mr. Patel was transferred into ICE custody Thursday at the Atlanta City Detention Center where he received an initial medical screening and was identified to have high blood pressure and diabetes. On Saturday, two days after he entered ICE custody, a nurse checking Mr. Patel’s 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.”
“ICE is firmly committed to the health and welfare of all those in its custody and is undertaking a comprehensive agency-wide review of this incident, as it does in all such cases,” the federal agency said in a news release issued Wednesday afternoon. “This agency’s comprehensive review will be conducted by ICE senior leadership to include Enforcement and Removal Operations, the Office of Professional Responsibility and the Office of the Principal Legal Advisor.”