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Teen held for posing as doctor in AIIMS

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Published : Apr 17, 2018, 5:57 am IST
Updated : Apr 17, 2018, 5:57 am IST

A senior AIIMS doctor said Khurram had been observing his activities in the campus for the past many months and decided to keep a watch.

The accused even participated in events meant for doctors — from strikes to marathon, said the AIIMS resident doctors’ association.
 The accused even participated in events meant for doctors — from strikes to marathon, said the AIIMS resident doctors’ association.

New Delhi: A 19-year-old medical aspirant on Saturday was arrested for posing as a doctor at All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for more than five months.

The accused identified as, Adnan Khurram, used his fake identity to make friends across departments, especially among medical students.

 

The accused even participated in events meant for doctors — from strikes to marathon, said the AIIMS resident doctors’ association.

When the police arrested him on Saturday, they were surprised at the extent of knowledge he had about medicines, the names of doctors and department heads at AIIMS.

The police said it was still not clear why Khurram posed as a doctor as he has been frequently changing his statements. One of the reasons he gave for committing the crime was that had to help an ailing family member get preferential treatment.

Khurram further said that he posed as an AIIMS doctor because he liked to spend time with the doctors, a profession he wanted to take up himself. Police said Khurram was handed over to them on Saturday and has been charged under sections 419 (impersonation) and 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating) of the Indian Penal Code at Hauz Khas Police Station.

 

A senior AIIMS doctor said Khurram had been observing his activities in the campus for the past many months and decided to keep a watch.

“He would roam around wearing the lab coat and stethoscope all the time. We found out that he had made different claims to different doctors. To some, he would claim that he was a junior resident doctor while to junior resident doctors, he would introduce himself as an undergraduate medical student. He had even made his way to the WhatsApp groups, said the doctor.

On Saturday, when he participated in a marathon organised by the doctors. Some of the doctors got suspicious and asked him about his identity. When he could not give a satisfactory reply, he was overpowered and the police was informed.

 

The police said Khurram had no criminal record. During investigation, it was found that Khurram had uploaded many photographs wearing a doctor’s coat and stethoscope on social media. There are also photographs of him with politicians. Khurram, a native of Bihar, lived in Batla House, near Jamia Nagar.

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