An Indian man who was detained by immigration officials (ICE) in Atlanta, Georgia, died earlier this week. Atulkumar Babubhai Patel, who was 58 years old, had arrived in Atlanta on 10 May on a flight from Ecuador, Atlanta Patch reported on Thursday.
This was the second death in the course of a week and probe is on into the death of a Panamian national who was found dead in his cell of the immigration officials.
Patel arrived at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on 10 May aboard a flight from Quito, Ecuador. He did not have the required immigration documents, according to ICE, so he was placed in the federal agency’s custody at the Atlanta City Detention Center. He received a medical screening there and was found to have high blood pressure and diabetes, according to ICE. On Saturday, a nurse checking his blood sugar noticed he was short of breath, so he was transported to Grady, where he later died.
A day later, Customs officials transferred Patel into ICE custody at the Atlanta City Detention Center. During an initial medical screening, he was identified to have high blood pressure and diabetes. On Saturday, while still in ICE custody, a nurse noticed Patel was experiencing shortness of breath while doing a routine blood sugar check. He was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he later died, ICE said.