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Mohali drug haul: Hunt on for mastermind, says Punjab Police


Jyoti Kamal,CNN-IBN
Mar 08, 2013 at 08:20pm IST

Chandigarh: In a major coup, the Punjab Police on Friday busted a drug racket after a raid on Thursday night. Twenty six kilograms of heroin worth Rs 130 crore were recovered from a house outside Chandigarh. Police sources, however, said that the accused Anup Singh Kahlon in a shocking claim revealed that two of his clients were Olympic medallist and sporting icon Vijender Singh and another boxer Ram Singh. The police have also arrested two more persons in connection with the drug bust and are looking for one Jagdish Bhola, who might have fled abroad.

Jagdish Bhola is reportedly the mastermind who moved several consignments of drugs out from India and received Rs 30 lakh for each consignment.

Suspicions were further aroused when a car belonging to Vijender's wife Archana was found near the premises. Speaking to CNN-IBN, Vijender denied the claims. "These rumours are false. 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."

Manoj, Vijender's brother too defended him, saying it was an attempt to defame him.

Ram Singh, a member of the Punjab Police force, has been detained and is being questioned. Vijender's associates claim that Singh, a close friend of Vijender, would usually drive his car when the boxer was away.

With Vijender being a DSP in the Haryana Police, the force has despatched a top level officer to assist in the investigations.

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