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Apr 01, 2013 at 05:46pm IST

Drug haul: Police advised against collecting Vijender's samples

Chandigarh: In a setback for the Punjab Police investigating the Mohali drug haul case, the district attorney of Fatehgarh Saheb on Monday advised its probe team against collecting blood and hair samples of boxer Vijender Singh. The police had earlier on Monday collected the blood and hair samples of boxer Ram Singh and had sought a legal opinion from the district attorney about taking samples from Vijender.

The police, however, maintains that there is no proof of the duo's involvement in drug trafficking or possession of drugs, even though, it adds, they consumed heroin 12 times between December 2012 and February 2013.

The police says that Vijender and Ram Singh procured the drug from alleged peddlers Anoop Singh Kahlon and Rocky for personal consumption. Fatehgarh Sahib SSP Hardyal Singh Mann said, "We have documentary evidence that he knew they were drugs but we're not sure about his involvement. We have asked for their consent to take samples which has to be done by the law. But he rejected."

So far Vijender and Ram Singh have been claiming they took the drugs believing they were food supplements. "When we took them we thought they were food supplements. As soon as we realised those are drugs, we completely cut off our connections," Ram Singh had earlier said.

The case dates back to March 3 when police seized drugs from a flat in Mohali. The police had seized about 28 kgs of heroin, 61 kg of Pseudophedrine and over Rs 1 crore drug money. About 50 kg of ice was destroyed by the family members of the dealers and the total cost of the seizures is around Rs 130 crore and would fetch Rs 484 crore in the international market.

So far 15 persons including two Canadian and one UK citizen have been arrested. The police have, however, ruled out any arrests of the boxers maintaining they had not "actively connived" with the smugglers and nothing was recovered from them.