He even managed to befriend doctors and medical students across departments using his fake identity.
The police were surprised with his elaborate knowledge about medicine but that doesn't excuse his lack of qualification to be a doctor. He even had accessed a dairy issued to doctors.
It was later revealed that Adnan Khurram, the "fake" doctor, hails from Bihar and is from Baradi Bairiya village in Champaran district.
Khurram reportedly managed to attend events like marathons and strikes meant exclusively for AIIMS doctors. During questioning, he told police that he made a decision to pose as a doctor as his sister had to wait for ages to get an appointment with a doctor.
Due to his changing statements, police haven't been able to ascertain why he pulled off the fraud. Owing to such a large number of doctors, it's also not possible to know everyone personally, he added. Apparently, one of the reasons mentioned by the accused is that he wanted to help a sick family member get preferential treatment at the hospital.
During a marathon organized by the doctors, some of the doctors got suspicious about Khurram and started questioning him about his identity.
But he has been charged under IPC Sections 419 (impersonation) and 468 (forgery for goal of cheating).
The chief resident Doctor's Association, Harjit Singh said, "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. According to a report in the English daily DNA, the man used to identify himself as a junior resident doctor and it was only after some doctors shared his photo (online) that he was caught by the security personnel at the hospital. Since he failed to come up with a satisfactory answer, the group of doctors overpowered him, and then handed him over to the police, HT reported.
Singh said since AIIMS has around 2,000 resident doctors, it is hard to know each and every person individually and Khurram took the fact as an advantage and avoided being caught.
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.
There were also photographs of him with politicians.
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