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Drug haul: Vijender's refusal to give blood, hair samples for testing casts shadow of doubt

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Mar 12, 2013 at 08:57am IST

New Delhi: Olympics bronze medallist boxer Vijender Singh is likely to face arrest for refusing to give his blood and hair samples for testing after his name cropped up in the Mohali drug bust. While he denied any links to the Rs 130 crore drug haul during his interrogation by the Punjab police, he refused to give his samples for testing. Sources now say that the boxer may face legal action.

Meanwhile, Vijender's partner Ram Singh has been suspended from the national camp by the boxing federation after he admitted to consuming drugs taking them to be "food supplements". Even though he said that Vijender too had consumed the drugs with him, no action was taken against the boxer, with the federations standing firmly behind him.

Meanwhile, a search is on for the alleged kingpin of the racket, Jagdish Bhola.

The matter came to light when the police recovered nearly 30 kg of heroin, worth over Rs 130 crore from a house on the outskirts of Chandigarh. The house belonged to NRI Anup Singh Kahlon, who was soon arrested. During his interrogation, he said that boxers Ram Singh and Vijender Singh were amongst his clients. The car of Vijender's wife Archana was found by police near the NRI's house. Haryana DGP SN Vashisht told reporters that they were in touch with their Punjab counterparts after the boxer's name cropped up in the case.

So far, Punjab Police has nabbed six persons in connection with the drug haul and had got their remand till March 13. The six arrested persons are Canada-based Kahlon, his driver Kulwinder Singh Rockey, the driver's father Kuldeep Singh, the driver's brother-in-law Sandeep Singh, Manpreet Singh Gill alias Mani and Gabbar Singh.

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