Tinsukia: A man who forged his MBBS degree certificate and was working as a medical officer at Hatiali TE for the past five years in Assam‘s Dibrugarh district was arrested on Tuesday.
The accused — Ahmed Ali, 36, a resident of Baraghoria under Dergaon police station in Golaghat district — has been impersonating as Dr Ahmed Yaqub Ali since 2010 to get jobs at various tea garden hospitals.
The development came days after Chabua police had apprehended a fake doctor, Simon Nag, on charges of forging MBBS degree and practising as a medical officer of Mokalbari tea estate in Dibrugarh district.
Officer-in-charge of Chabua police station Tulumoni Duarah said that based on a secret complaint on June 14, an inquiry was made on the medical officer who was on duty at Hatiali TE under Chabua police station.
“During the course of inquiry, it was found that the doctor on duty at Hatiali TE using name of Dr Ahmed Yaqub Ali is a fake doctor,” he said.
“On questioning, he confessed to his crime before the police, and admitted to have been practising as a doctor in various tea garden hospitals for over 10 years. Accordingly, he was arrested this morning,” Duarah said, adding: “Before Hatiali TE, he practised as a medical officer for a few years at one of the tea gardens belonging to a reputed Assam tea company.”
Duarah said that the police have also received an FIR lodged by a doctor, Eyaqub Ali Ahmed, of JSB civil hospital at Kalaigaon in Chirang district through email.
Based on the FIR, a case has been registered under Section 419/420/468 of the Indian Penal Code. The accused have been sent to judicial custody, he added.
In September last year, 55-year-old Pankaj Kumar Nath was arrested by Dibrugarh police from Andrew Yule’s Tinkong Tea Estate in Dibrugarh, where he was working as a doctor for the last two years, for forging his MBBS degree certificate.
The increasing number of fake doctors practising as a medical officer undetected for years, particularly in tea garden hospitals, has posed a serious risk to the lives of tea garden workers, ringing alarm bells and leaving questions for garden management to answer and address.
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