Chandigarh: A Punjab Police probe has revealed that Olympian Vijender Singh took drugs 12 times and boxer Ram Singh about five times between December 2012 and February 2013. The investigation reveals both Vijender and Ram allegedly procured the drug from Anoop Singh Kahlon and Rocky for personal consumption.
The investigation also reveals that the Vijender and Ram did not actively connive with drug smugglers and that they are not being arrested at this point in the case. Police said that Vijender will not be arrested at this stage because no drug recovery was made from him.
Vijender reportedly spoke to Kahlon on phone about 80 times and they knew each other well, according to his call records scanned by Punjab police which appeared to have tightened its noose around the star boxer in the Rs 130 crore drug haul case. DIG (Ludhiana range) MF Farooqui on Sunday said that the 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 as claimed by his sparring partner Ram Singh during interrogation.
The investigation also reveals that the Vijender and Ram did not actively connive with drug smugglers.
Vijender during his quizzing by Punjab police at Panchkula in Haryana had refused to give his blood and hair samples to cops. He had denied any involvement in the drug racket. However, the DIG added that police have got "nothing from the possession of Vijender" and the probe was still on.
In recent months, Vijender and Kahlon alias Ruby, the alleged Canada-based NRI drug dealer who was arrested by police on March three and 26 kg of heroin worth Rs 130 crore seized, had conversed with each other for 'about 80 times' on their respective cell phones, police sources said.
Besides, both Vijender and Kahlon had exchanged some ten SMSes on their cell phones, they added. The duration of each call was between two to three minutes, the sources said. The sources said Vijender and Ram Singh were 'well known' to Kahlon. Vijender, a DSP with Haryana police, was in touch with Kahlon since August, 2012.
The sources said that during interrogation, Ram Singh had claimed that he used to often talk to Kahlon on Vijender's phone. Kahlon too had divulged during his interrogation that he used to speak to Ram Singh, who was dismissed as constable from Punjab police recently after he 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 Games.
With Additional Inputs from PTI