In a shocking revelation, a case of a fraudulent 19-year-old person posing as a junior doctor has come to the forefront.
Delhi police have arrested a 19 year-old man who had impersonated a doctor in AIIMS for the past five months and even participated in events meant for medical professionals. The police arrested Adnan Khurram on April 14.
He used different fake identities to make friends at the various hospital departments and other medical students. Furthermore, he even participated in the events such as marathons and strikes, organized for doctors, according to the AIIMS resident doctor’s associations.
After the arrest by the police, the accused managed to shock the Delhi police with his ‘knowledge’ of medicines, names of the departments, heads and doctors at the AIIMS. A diary that is issued only to the doctors was also found with the fraud.
The reason as to why Khurran posed as a doctor at hospital is still unknown to the police because he has been constantly changing his statements during the police investigation. Although, one major reason was to get his family members preferential treatment at AIIMS, the other was due to his liking for the profession.
During a marathon organized by the doctors, some of the doctors got suspicious about Khurram and started questioning him about his identity. When he couldn’t manage to give a legitimate identity proof, he was then handed over to the police for investigation.
“Khurram was handed over on Saturday and has been charged under Sections 419 (impersonation) and 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating) of the Indian Penal Code at the Hauz Khas Police Station”, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (South), Romil Baaniya.
Resident Doctor’s Association President Harjit Singh said:
“Khurram has been observing his activities in the campus for the past many months so I decided to keep a watch at him. He would roam around the campus wearing the lab coat and stethoscope all the time. We found out that he made different claims to different doctors. To some, he would claim to be a junior resident doctor and to the junior resident doctors he would regard himself as an undergraduate medical student. He made his way to the WhatsApp grpups of the doctors as well”.
According to Singh, there are around 2, 000 resident doctors at AIIMS and it is quite difficult to know each and every person individually, so Khurram used this issue to his advantage and never got caught by anyone.
Although, the police found no earlier criminal records of Khurram, during the investigation it was found that the accused had uploaded a lot of pictures wearing the doctor’s lab coat and stethoscope on social media. He has posted photographs of him with politician as well.
A resident of Batla House near, Jamia Nagar, Adnan Khurram originally hailed from Bihar.
Apparently, it seems like it has become easy for people to impersonate as doctors especially at AIIMS since this is not the first fraudulent case that has come up from the apex hospital. In the past as well, ‘fake doctor’ have been caught treating people at the hospital. The matter of lives and deaths of innocent patients held at risk while these fake doctors pose as their life-saver maybe prescribing wrong medical treatments and medicines as well.