The Hush Post: A 19 year old has been arrested by the Delhi Police on charges of impersonating as an AIIMS doctor for the last 5 months. The accused, by the name of Adnan Khurram, made friends across departments using his fake identity.
Khurram also participated in numerous functions which were meant specifically for doctors. He also participated in strikes along with other doctors, a member of the AIIMS resident doctors’ association (RDA) told the Hindustan Times.
After questioning the teenager, the police revealed they were shocked by his ‘knowledge’ of medicines, the names of doctors and heads of various departments.
While it is still not clear as to why he posed as a doctor and continued doing so for five long months, police say that one reason could be to help an ailing family member. By posing as a doctor, he meant to ensure preferential treatment would be provided to his family members. Another reason could be that since he always wanted to be a doctor, he ended up committing this crime. However, it is difficult to pinpoint the exact reason since the accused has been constantly changing his statements.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (south) Romil Baaniya said that Khurram 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. The police said that prior to this incident, Khurram had no criminal records against him. He had uploaded many pictures on his social media, in which he can be seen wearing a doctor’s coat and a stethoscope. There are photos of him posing with politicians as well.
President of the RDA, Harjit Singh said that he had been observing Khurram and decided to keep watch once he became suspicious of his activities.
“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 even made his way to the WhatsApp groups,” Singh said.
Singh also said that since there are nearly 2,000 resident doctors, it was difficult to ascertain the identity of each and every individual. Khurram knew this and used this to his advantage.
Khurram participated in a marathon organised by doctors on Saturday. Upon seeing him, a few doctors became suspicious and asked him who he was. Upon not getting a satisfactory reply, the doctors overpowered him and informed the police about his activities.