Assam: Fake doctor found working in Dibrugarh tea estate

This is the third such case reported in the past one month from the tea estate areas of upper Assam, wherein quacks as disguising themselves as genuine doctors and duping people.


By Avik Chakraborty


After a series of quackery cases were reported from the tea garden areas of upper Assam, Dibrugarh police, on Friday, reported one more case of identity theft from the Mancotta tea estate.

This is the third such case reported in the past one month from the tea estate areas of upper Assam, wherein quacks are disguising themselves as genuine doctors and duping people.

The fraud who is absconding, and whose real identity is yet to be known, had veiled himself under the identity of one Dr Hirak Das-who is currently serving as an assistant professor of Anatomy at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH). 

Dr Das had earlier filed an FIR at the Dibrugarh police station informing about the person.

Giving details about the quack, the officer-in-charge of Dibrugarh police station Rajib Saikia said, "The fake doctor is absconding but he will be nabbed soon. Meanwhile, we are trying to find out his real identity. Further investigation is on."

The first case of doctor impersonation in the tea garden areas was reported on June 3, when a person identified as Simon Nag was found to be working as a medical officer at the Mokalbari tea estate in Chabua. 

Nag who was subsequently arrested by the police, had disguised himself as one Dr Stephen Anthony-a Bangalore-based doctor presently working in Singapore.

Thereafter, on June 15, police arrested another quack Eyaqub Ali who was working at Hatiali tea estate as a medical officer.

In both cases, the frauds were duping the tea garden authorities for several years before their activities came to light.

Speaking to The Northeast Today (TNT), Dibrugarh SP Shwetank Mishra said, "We are inquiring the matter. As the matter was sensitive so, we are handling it properly."

Taking cognizance of the matter, the Assam Council of Medical Registration has directed all private hospitals, tea garden hospitals, and other non-government health institutions to verify the authenticity of the medical registration of the allopathic doctors working under the council.

Meanwhile, ACMS vice president Nabin Keot has urged Assam Labour and Welfare Minister Sanjay Kishan to initiate a proper inquiry into the matter.

(Edited by Shankar Kumar Turha)

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