Drug case: Police to quiz Vijender Singh

Last Updated: Sun, Mar 10, 2013 12:26 hrs

Chandigarh: Boxer Vijender Singh, accused of having links with a drug dealer who was nabbed by the Punjab Police during a raid at Zirakpur in Mohali, will be questioned soon as the police believe he had experimented with the drugs, reports said.

Even though India's star boxer had refuted allegations, his fellow boxer Ram Singh has claimed that he and Vijender were indeed in touch with the peddler.

However, police sources have also said that they do not believe that Vijendra Singh had knowledge about the international smuggling ring that the arrested dealer was allegedly a part of.

"We are investigating... we are working very hard once we conclude we will let you know," Fathegarh Sahib SSP Hardyal Singh Mann was quoted as saying.

According to media reports, Ram Singh reportedly told police that Vijender had taken drugs six times and they were in touch with the arrested peddler Anup Singh Kahlon since December last.

According to a media reports, Ram Singh admitted buying drugs from Kahlon for him and Vijender and also named a former cop, identified as Jagdish Singh Bhola, as a leader of the racket.

Police had raided a flat of the peddler in Zirakpur and recovered 26 kg of heroin worth Rs 130 crore. Vijender's name cropped up after his wife's car was found parked outside the building that housed the flat.

The Beijing Games bronze medallist, who is in Mumbai, earlier said his friends did use the car to drop him at the airport but was clueless as how it reached Zirakpur.

"I am shocked. I don't know how the car reached the spot in Zirakpur. My friends did use the car to drop me at the airport but what I don't know what happened after," said the former World No.1, who is a deputy superitendent of police in Haryana.

Vijender admitted that he had met the accused Anup Singh Kahlon once through Ram but doesn't know him personally. Kahlon, who is an NRI, reportedly has claimed close links with Vijender and Ram.

"I don't know him personally. I think my name is being misused in this case. How can you trust a drug dealer. I think every thing will be cleared soon," he said.

Kahlon and his associate Kulwinder Singh were arrested in connection with the drugs recovery Thursday night. The heroin was recovered from an Kahlon's flat in Zirakpur, on the outskirts of Chandigarh. Police also recovered Rs 13.86 lakh from them.

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