Chandigarh, Mar 31 (PTI): In fresh trouble for international boxer and Olympic medallist Vijender Singh, Punjab Police on Sunday said he had consumed heroin 12 times after procuring it from alleged drug smugglers including NRI Anoop Singh Kahlon.
“As per investigation conducted so far, Vijender Singh consumed the drug about 12 times and Ram Singh (his sparring partner) about five times,” a Punjab Police statement said here.
Kahlon alias Ruby, the alleged Canada-based drug dealer, was arrested by police on March three and 26 kg of heroin worth Rs 130 crore seized from his residence in Zirakpur on the outskirts of Chandigarh.
The North Indian state Punjab’s police spokesperson said, “it has been established that Boxers Ram Singh and Vijender Singh took heroin from Kahlon and his aide Rocky for personal consumption between December 2012 and February 2013.”
While Ram Singh alone procured heroin in December 2012, subsequently both the boxers went together to Zirakpur for procuring the drug once in January and two times in February this year, the police said.
Vijender, who has denied any involvement in the drugs racket, was not immediately available for comments.
The police statement further said, “However, they (Vijender and Ram Singh) did not actively connive with the smugglers in their activities and nothing was recovered from them – as such both of them are not being arrested in the case at this stage.”
The police said it was initiating steps to take the hair sample of Vijender for being tested by the Forensic Science Laboratory. Vijender has so far refused to give his blood and hair samples for the purpose.
The sources said that during interrogation, Ram Singh had claimed that he used to often talk to Kahlon on Vijender’s phone.
DIG (Ludhiana range) M F Farooqui said police have decided to file a plea in court seeking direction to get Vijender’s blood and hair samples to confirm whether he used to consume the drug.
Ram Singh was dismissed as Head Constable from Punjab Police after he admitted that he had procured and consumed heroin from the drug dealers.
The spokesperson clarified that the primary focus of the police is to nab the active smugglers and break their network.
Kahlon had divulged during his interrogation that he used to speak to Ram Singh, who admitted that he had consumed heroin for “fun” on a few occasions along with Vijender, who shot into limelight after winning bronze medal in the middleweight category at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Vijender’s name had cropped up in the drug haul case after the SUV of his wife was found outside Kahlon’s residence in Shivalik Vihar in Zirakpur when the contraband was recovered by Fatehgarh Sahib police on March seven.
Sub-Inspector Sarabjit Singh, who was close to a retired Senior Superintendent of Police, was also dismissed by the Punjab police in connection with the drug haul case.