58-year-old Indian man detained at US Airport, dies in custody

Olive Rios
May 19, 2017

An Indian man who came to the U.S. 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.

In a statement, the department said, "Fatalities in ICE custody, statistically, are exceedingly rare and occur at a fraction of the rate of the US detained population as a whole".

The ICE said Patel had been detained because he did not have the proper documents when he entered the US.

Patel, who landed at the Atlanta airport on May 10 onboard a flight from Quito, Ecuador, was detailed by the customs and immigration officers, as he failed to provide necessary immigration documents.

The 58-year-old Indian died at Atlanta hospital. He died on Tuesday afternoon at the hospital with the officials stating the preliminary cause of his demise as complications from congestive heart failure.

Media reports said on 19 may that Atul Kumar Babubhai Patel died of high blood pressure and diabetes on 16 may.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution newspaper reported that Patel was the second person to die in ICE custody in Georgia within two days. A nurse checking his blood sugar on Saturday noticed Patel had shortness of breath and transferred him to a hospital.

"We are undertaking a comprehensive agency-wide review of the incident, as it does in all such cases", ICE stated.

Patel is the eighth detainee to die under the custody of the ICE during this fiscal year.

"Fatalities in ICE custody, statistically, are exceedingly rare and occur at a fraction of the rate of the US detained population as a whole".

Patel's family has been informed about his death by the Indian consular representatives.

Earlier this week, the ICE had announced that arrests of "undocumented immigrants" have risen 40% since President Donald Trump assumed office.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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