Kupwara man arrested in Odisha for posing as PMO official, Army doctor

SRINAGAR — A man, identified as Sayed Ishaan Bukhari, from Handwara area of Kupwara district in North Kashmir was arrested by the Special Task Force (STF) in Odisha’s Jajpur district for allegedly impersonating an official from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and an Army doctor.

The charges against him include impersonation, cheating, forgery, and suspected links with anti-national elements.

The accused, posing as a neuro-specialist doctor and associated with high-ranking officials of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), was found with incriminating materials, including forged documents, fake medical degree and multiple identity cards.

The The Special Task Force (STF) is investigating potential militant links, with scrutiny indicating connections to suspicious individuals in Kerala and Pakistani nationals.

The accused, active on various websites and apps, is also accused of bigamy, having married multiple women from different parts of India including Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Odisha.

The Kashmir Police reportedly have a non-bailable warrant against him, and further investigation is ongoing, involving collaboration with various police forces and national agencies including National Investigation Agency (NIA).

(With inputs from The Indian Express)