The development came after the arrest of four people in Dehradun on Friday evening for allegedly practising Ayurveda in their respective clinics with fake BAMS degrees, which they had bought from one Imlakh Khan of Muzaffarnagar by paying Rs 6.50 lakh each. The four accused had told police that they were planning to use the degrees for government jobs.
One of the police officers, who is part of the SIT, on condition of anonymity, told TOI that police have made a list of at least 36 Ayurveda practitioners who are suspected to have fake BAMS degrees in Uttarakhand.
“Six of them have been arrested so far, including the four on Friday evening. Some are suspected of doing government jobs in Uttarakhand with fake degrees. Police are now trying to identify them,” said the officer.
“Apart from this, it was also found that prime accused Khan, who had sold them the degrees, has been involved in the crime since 2007. Among the 36, some had bought the fake BAMS degrees more than 10 years ago from him. Khan, who is absconding, owns Baba College of Studies in Muzaffarnagar, which is spread over an area of about 25 acres. He is a listed gangster in UP and has been booked under the Gangster Act. His brother is already behind the bars,” said the officer.
Sarvesh Panwar, superintendent of police, Dehradun (crime), while confirming the development, told TOI, “Amid the ongoing probe, police have issued a lookout notice against Khan to ensure he doesn’t fly out of India to escape police’s dragnet. Police are also trying to investigate similar crimes by him in other states. “