Old-time homeopathic doctors at Darbhanga have only a vague memory of Dr Imran. What they remember are the long gaps between his visits to Darbhanga and Madhubani between 2008 and 2009. Based on the testimony of suspected Indian Mujahideen operatives,investigators believe Dr Imran may be none other than one of Indias most-wanted,Yasin Bhatkal.
Dr Navin,a Darbhanga-based homeopathic practitioner,said that during 2008-09,over half-a-dozen homeopathic doctors started practising in Darbhanga and some visited the villages of Madhubani and Darbhanga. I have vague memories of a doctor coming here from Patna but I am not sure it was Dr Imran, he says.
Rather than staying at a place for long,said officials,the suspected Bhatkal was constantly on the go but kept in touch with the Ahmadia Saifia madrasa of Darbhanga. Suspected Indian Mujahideen operative Ghayur,arrested by the Delhi Police for the Jama Masjid blast,studied at the same madrasa.
Apart from Ghayur,Naqi Ahmed Sheikh,held for the 13/7 Mumbai blasts,has reportedly told officials Imran was just an alias for Bhatkal.
Another Darbhanga homeopathic practitioner,Dr A Hasan,remembers Dr Imran as a quiet person. As he did not run a clinic,he was taken to be a roving doctor, Hasan said.
Homeopathic medicine shopkeepers remember having seen Imran some years ago. Said Sunil Sharma: He would come to get medicines once every four-five months.
The families of Naqi and Nadeem Akhtar,who has also been held over the 13/7 blasts,however,claim to have never met Imran.
You can ask fellow villagers,we havent seen any doctor by this name, said Naqis father Wasi Ahmed.