Tinsukia: A man who forged his MBBS degree certificate and was working as a medical officer at Mokalbari tea estate in Assam‘s Dibrugarh district was arrested by the police on Thursday.

Simon Nag, 37, a resident of Balijan under Chabua police station, had been impersonating one Dr Stephen Anthony since 2009 to get a job at various hospitals.

The officer-in-charge of Chabua police station Tulumoni Dwara, the complainant, said that based on a complaint on June 2, the police conducted a preliminary enquiry. “In the complaint emailed by one Dr Abhijit Neog, it was alleged that one person had forged Dr Stephen Anthony’s certificate to practice as a doctor at Mokalbari tea estate.”

A police team visited the hospital of the tea estate and called for documents from the doctor. “When the doctor failed to produce any documents, he was taken into custody for interrogation,” added Dwara.

Dwara said, in the interrogation, it was revealed that he appeared for HSLC in the year 2003 from Bindhakata High School and failed in the examinations. The information was corroborated by the school authority through the Bindhakata police outpost in-charge.

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“Nag has confessed that he forged the MBBS certificate of Dr Stephen Antony by removing the original photograph and pasting his photograph,” Dwara said, adding “During the investigation, we have learnt that he had been working as a practitioner doctor at various tea garden hospitals, beside St. Luke’s hospital in Tinsukia town.”

Dr Antony is reportedly working in Singapore.

Dwara said, “The fake doctor has been arrested by the Rohmoria police station today after the case was transferred with them since the place of occurrence falls in their jurisdiction.”

Police produced the accused before the magistrate and secured one-day police remand.

In September last year, a 55-year-old Pankaj Kumar Nath was arrested by Dibrugarh police from Andrew Yule’s Tinkong Tea Estate in Dibrugarh, where he worked as a doctor for the last two years, for forging his MBBS degree certificate.

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