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New Delhi: 19-Year-Old Arrested For Pretending To Be A Doctor In AIIMS For 5 Months

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| April 16 , 2018 , 13:29 IST

In a case that brings up difficult questions on the wellbeing and security of patients at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), a man was arrested for allegedly impersonating a doctor for 5 months in the nation's premier medical facility. The 19-year-old Adnan Khurram was arrested on Saturday when he was trying to enter the hospital.

Once detained, it turned out that the imposter is not an AIIMS doctor and not even a medical student. He had an Aadhaar card from Bihar that revealed that he belongs to village Baradi Bairiya in East Champaran district and was currently residing at Batla House in Jamia Nagar.

“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 RDA president Harjit Singh. 

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"He used the platform and name of RDA, AIIMS to attend different political and medical events. We started doubting his credentials and then we found that he is not from any of our departments," said Dr Abhishek Singh, vice-president, Resident Doctors' Association, AIIMS.

"As AIIMS consists of at least 2,000 resident doctors, it is very difficult to know each and every person personally," he added.

Khurram was even carrying a booklet of AIIMS, which can only be possessed by the doctors of the institute, with his name on it.

Police said it is still not clear why Khurram posed as a doctor as he has been frequently changing his statements. One of the reasons he had given for his crime was to help an ailing family member get preferential treatment. He also said that he posed as a doctor because he liked to spend time with doctors, a profession he wanted to take up himself.

Khurram has been charged under sections 419 (impersonation) and 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating) of the Indian Penal Code. The police said Khurram had no criminal record.