Chandigarh: In a massive blow to boxer Vijender Singh, his friend Ram Singh has claimed that the Olympic bronze-medalist consumed drugs with him on a few occasions but insisted that the duo mistook the contraband for food supplements.
Ram Singh, a super heavyweight boxer who was Vijender Singh's roommate in the National Institute of Sports in Patiala, said he and Vijender "consumed small quantities of drug" on a few occasions.
"We mistook it for food supplement, I consumed it 3-4 times and Vijender Singh also mistook it 2-3 times for food supplement," said Singh.
The drugs was given to them by NRI Anup Singh Kahlon, the key accused in the Rs. 130 crore heroin haul case.
He further said: "I didn't have any role in this drug racket but I knew Anup Singh Kahlon before and he used to tell me that he will give me good food supplement and used to tell that this food supplement is good for stomach, so I took it thinking that it was a food supplement but later I came to know that it was drugs."
Singh also appealed to the sportspersons not to consume drugs in the future.
"I want to give this message to the people that no sports person should consume it if it is a drugs, if mistook drugs for food supplement," he said.
Meanwhile in Sonipat, ace wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt expressed sadness after hearing Vijender Singh's name in the drug haul.
"It was sad to hear that Vijender Singh has links in the drug seizure case, but whatever it is, I think that the name of a sportsperson should not come in such cases as it is very negative to hear about a sportsman's involvement is into drugs. I just hope and pray to God that charges against him may turn false as he is a role model," said Dutt.
Vijender Singh had earlier denied any links with a man who was arrested in Punjab after 26 kgs of drugs worth 130 crores were found in his flat.
"I have nothing to do with these people. I do not know how my name has come up in this matter. I was in Mumbai for some work and had left my car at NIS Patiala. Nothing was found in my car," he added.
In a massive drug haul, the police recovered heroin worth Rs 130 crore from a flat in Zirakpur, Mohali. (ANI)