In a shocking incident, a 19-year-old man was arrested after he was found masquerading as a doctor at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) hospital for nearly five months. The newspaper report mentions that a medical booklet was recovered from him which is an exclusive for the doctors of AIIMS.
According to Hindustan Times, the accused, Adnan Khurram, has been falsely claiming to be a doctor at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences for over five months. He used his forged identity to make friends across departments and among medical students. He had accessed a diary issued to doctors. "Also she will not be guiding any student for the next three years", said a senior doctor at AIIMS. One of the reasons he had given for his crime was that had to help an ailing family member get privileged treatment. RDA president Harjit Singh said that he had grown suspicious of Khurram as he always found him loitering around in the campus and hence chose to keep a watch on him. "We started doubting his credentials and then we found that he is not from any of our departments", wrote Dr Abhishek Singh, vice-president, Resident Doctors' Association, AIIMS.
Deputy Commissioner of police Romil Baaniya said Khurram was transferred to their custody on Saturday and has been charged under sections 419 (impersonation) and 468 (forgery for goal of cheating) of the Indian Penal Code at Hauz Khas Police Station.
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. AIIMS officials said the impersonation was discovered after a complaint by doctors to authorities, alleging that they had identified an "impostor" who used the hospital as a platform to attend "different political and medical events". The police arrested Adnan Khurram on April 14. "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", the newspaper reported. "He had even made his way to the WhatsApp groups", said Singh. He further also gave a possible reason for the impersonator going unnoticed for a long period of time informing that AIIMS comprises about 2,000 resident doctors and that not every doctor knows about the other.
There were also photographs of him with politicians.