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Drug haul: Ram Singh's blood samples collected; will Vijender be next?


Jyoti Kamal,CNN-IBN
Apr 01, 2013 at 02:07pm IST

Chandigarh: The Punjab Police has collected the hair and blood samples of boxer Ram Singh in the Mohali drug haul case. It now remains to be seen whether Olympian Vijender Singh will be next as the police have said that he consumed drugs.

The Punjab Police say that the investigation into the state drug bust has revealed that Vijender allegedly consumed heroin 12 times between December 2012 and February 2013. They claim that Vijender Singh and fellow boxer Ram Singh allegedly procured the drug from alleged drug dealers Anoop Singh Kahlon and Rocky for personal consumption.

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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.

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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 as they had not actively connived with the smugglers and nothing was recovered from them.

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