A man who claimed he was from Bangladesh has been arrested in southern Assam’s Silchar town after attending classes in a medical college with a fake identity card.
Silchar, the headquarters of Cachar district, is 343 kilometres southwest of Guwahati.
Sumon Aziz Laskar, 22, attended the fourth semester class in Silchar Medical College (SMC) for four days before the college authorities discovered he was an imposter.
“The man claimed he had obtained a transfer certificate from (central Assam’s) Tezpur Medical College but there’s no provision of inter-college transfers. We saw through his lies when he used different names to get introduced to some students,” SMC principal Shilpi Barman said.
The SMC authorities informed the police who arrested him on Saturday. His erratic “confessions” have now sent the police on a wild goose chase.
“We are searching for three of his accomplices who he claimed had come from Bangladesh. Laskar initially said he was a Bangladeshi but we found out he is an Indian from a nearby village,” Rajveer Singh, Cachar district superintendent of police, said on Sunday.
The police said Laskar could be mentally unstable or inspired by actor Sanjay Dutt’s Munnabhai character to become a doctor. But they have not entirely given up on his claim of having been on a subversive mission.
A Bangladeshi SIM card and some documents in a code language seized from Laskar are keeping the terrorist theory alive.