NEW DELHI (NEWS): It looks likely that Indo-Canadian trucker-turned-drug smuggler Anoop Singh Kahlon, who was arrested with a 26-kg heroin haul worth over Rs 130 crore earlier in March from Zirakpur near Chandigarh, is set to bring down Indian Olympic medallist boxer Vijender Singh.
Even as Punjab Police said this Sunday that the boxer bought drugs from the Indo-Canadian smuggler 12 times, Vijender, who won India a bronze at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, gave his urine and blood samples to National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) on Wednesday after refusing to cooperate for weeks.
The boxer, whom Kahlon had named one of his acquaintances and whose car was seized at the time of raid on Kahlon, has been denying his links to the drug smuggler. Ram Singh, a sparring partner of Vijender Singh at the National Institute of Sports (NIS) in Patiala, was arrested immediately after Kahlon named him and Vijender as his buyers. Ram Singh, who was a head constable with Punjab Police, was dismissed immediately.
According to Punjab Police,Vijender procured drugs from Kahlon and consumed them 12 times. They said they have records that Vijender made 80 calls to the Indo-Canadian drug smuggler. The two also exchanged many smses.
In a statement earlier this week, Punjab Police said, “As per investigation conducted so far, Vijender Singh consumed the drug about 12 times and Ram Singh about five times.
“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.”
The police said they have the evidence that Vijender and Ram Singh bought drugs once in January and twice in February from the Indo-Canadian drug smuggler at his Zirakpur house.
The police statement added that since “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.’’
Indo-Canadian smuggler Kahlon came to Canada in 1995 where he was truck driver before he took to smuggling drugs to Canada, the US and Europe.