Kashmiri man impersonated himself as Army doctor & a NASA scientist to dupe people, arrested by police

SRINAGAR, Aug 05 : A man impersonating as a doctor with Army and a scientist with NASA fell into police nest on Friday.

The accused has been identified as Tahir Ahmad Bukhari, a resident of Waskura in Handwara in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district. He had also allegedly abandoned five women after marrying them.

According to police, Bukhari, who went by pseudo name ‘Dr Syed Ishan Bukhari’, was arrested following a complaint from a man from Handwara to whom the accused had introduced himself as a doctor with Army working in Odisha.

During the course of investigation, the police found that Bukhari had married 5 women and later abandoned them after exhorting money from them. He was also in conversation with six more girls and had trapped them for marriage too.

Bukhari, who possesses two Aadhaar cards, was arrested by a special team of Handwara police. The police contacted their counterparts in Maharashtra who arrested Bukhari. Later a police team from Handwara police station was rushed to Maharashtra who brought the accused to Valley. “Further investigations are underway,” police said.

Police said the accused Ishan had managed to get forged neurosurgery MBBS certificates from popular colleges of Canada, Egypt and London.

On the strength of these certificates, he was impersonating as a doctor and even practiced as a doctor at famous AIIMS hospital in Delhi and Rainbow hospital in Pune.

During investigations, it has surfaced that he has only passed Class 12 examination and thereafter got fake certificates from different medical colleges. According to police, Ishan was treating a cancer patient of UP few months ago in his clinic. The patient was later reported to have died.

The complainant, Manzoor Ahmad, told police that he met the accused some three months ago on social media and he posed as an Army officer belonging to Odisha. He would often share Hadith (sayings of Prophet) and highlighted various problems facing Muslims and ‘atrocities’ committed on them in various parts of India. One day, Bukhari called him and offered help in the name of God in recruiting a group of people.

After few days, Manzoor said, he received a call from the accused wherein he asked for Rs 15,000 each as “processing charges” and provided an account number to deposit the money.

“I collected the amount and subsequently deposited in the account,” Manzoor said. After there was no contact with the accused, Manzoor became worried and subsequently filed a complaint with the police station.