NEW DELHI: 19-year-old Adnan Khurram was arrested for impersonating a doctor at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, a college and research facility in New Delhi, India, reports Indian media.
He was arrested by Delhi Police on Saturday after it emerged that he used his fake identity to make friends across departments and with medical students.
He participated in events meant for doctors, from strikes to marathons, and even managed to wriggle onto WhatsApp groups, said the AIIMS Resident Doctors’ Association (RDA).
When police arrested him they were surprised by his ‘knowledge’ of medicines, the names of doctors and department heads, the newspaper reports.
He would say he was a junior resident to doctors or introduce himself as an undergraduate medical student to junior doctors.
Police said it’s still not clear why Khurram posed as a doctor as he has been frequently changing his statements.
One of the reasons he gave was that he wanted to help an ill 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.
Deputy Commissioner of Police, Romil Baaniya, said Khurram was handed over to them on Saturday and has been charged following a marathon organised by the doctors where people became suspicious.
RDA president, 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.
“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.”
That’s some impressive work, to be fair to him.
AIIMS has around 2,000 resident doctors, so it would be difficult for staff to know each and every person individually and Khurram is reported to have used this to his advantage to avoid being caught.
On Saturday, some of the doctors got suspicious and asked him about his identity. When he could not give a satisfactory reply, the police were informed, though they later said Khurram had no criminal record.
During the investigation, it was found that Khurram had uploaded many photographs of himself wearing a doctor’s coat and stethoscope to social media.