Police arrested a fake doctor working in the Tingkong tea estate under the Dibrugarh district on Friday night and seized several fake certificates.
The fake doctor has been identified as Pankaj Kumar Nath of Thalipukhuri village in Gohpur.
Nath allegedly worked in several tea gardens across the state using different fictitious names in the past.
Talking to Northeast Now, Dibrugarh additional superintendent of police, Padmanavh Baruah said, “We received secret information regarding the presence of the fake doctor working in Tingkong tea estate for the last two years.”
“A police team of Tingkong police station conducted a raid and arrested the fake doctor from his residence. We have seized many fake certificates from his possession,” said Baruah.
The person has been working in the tea garden since 2018 using a bogus registration ID and putting the lives of the people associated with the garden at risk through his fraudulence and quackery.
There are doctors who are risking their lives to take care of COVID patients and then are the likes of this fake doctor who has been risking the lives of patients since Jan '18. OC Tingkhong PS apprehended him frm Tingkhong TE and recovered fake degree certificates, PAN card etc. pic.twitter.com/NmOsxyFP1T
— Dibrugarh Police (@dibrugarhpolice) September 5, 2020
Baruah said, “During interrogation, the person revealed that the fake certificates were forged by him. He has been sent to judicial custody.”
Sources said many quacks and fake doctors are working in the tea gardens of Assam and they provide medicines to the people.
“Most of the time, it is seen that the tea garden people go to a quack for treatment instead of going to a doctor. Superstition has been prevalent in tea gardens of Assam. It is seen that in the name of treatment, the quacks torture the patients,” said police sources.