`At least five people are known to have died’
9th July 2010: The Institute of Race Relations (IRR) has claimed people have not only suffered injuries after trying to flee immigration officials, a number of them have died as a result of the raids.
Claiming the death of at least five persons in recent past, IRR has asserted: In recent years, there have been a number of UKBA raids in which people have suffered injuries after trying to flee immigration officials and a number of people have died as a result of such raids.
Giving a recent example, IRR said two men thought to be Pakistani were taken to a hospital after they sustained injuries following an immigration raid by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) in Balham, South London.
IRR News quoted a UKBA spokesperson as saying: ‘During a UKBA enforcement operation on Balham High Road, two individuals attempted to escape and suffered minor injuries’.
The Fire Brigade was called to assist the two men after they are reported to have jumped on to the roof of a building following the raid on Tuesday 6 July at 6.40am. Four men were arrested and they are all thought to be from Pakistan.
IRR News added Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), authorized to conduct independent investigations in to such raids, said the incident had been referred to it. But it was decided to refer it back to the UKBA to investigate as the IPCC would only investigate raids resulting in serious injuries or death.
Giving details of other cases, IRR said in April 2008, in Tooting, south London a man in his 30s broke both of his legs following a raid by the UKBA on a restaurant.
Subsequently in May 2008, a 51-year-old Ghanaian man suffered injuries after falling from the third floor of a block of flats in Peckham, south London, following a raid by three immigration officers and a seconded police officer.
IRR News added it has also heard about an IPCC investigation in to the arrest of man in Doncaster who alleged coma after being badly treated by the police.
It said at least five people are known to have died during similar incidents. Most recently, in September 2008, 36-year-old Frank Odame was found with head injuries below a block of flats in Woodford Green, Essex after police officers and the UKBA visited the address.
Others that have died include: Joy Gardner (1993), Joseph Nnalue (1994), Noorjahan Begum (1996) and Joseph Crentsil (2001). All the deaths occurred in the London area and all but one (that of Noorjahan Begum) involved the Metropolitan Police and immigration officers.