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Mar 10, 2013 at 09:31am IST

Vijender and I mistook drugs for food supplements: Boxer Ram Singh tells Punjab Police

Chandigarh: Boxer Ram Singh has now admitted that both he and Olympic medallist Vijender Singh took drugs but thinking they were food supplements. "Vijender took drugs two or three times thinking that they were food supplements. When we found out they were drugs we were shocked and stopped taking them," Ram told CNN-IBN.

Ram also said that Vijender met with the arrested drug peddler Anup Singh Kahlon. Vijender, India's Olympic hero, is likely to be questioned by the Punjab Police in connection with the mutli-crore drug haul.

Asked if Vijender Singh, who hails from Haryana's Bhiwani district, would be questioned, the SSP said, "We haven't taken any final decision on summoning him." He said investigation in the case was under progress as the six accused arrested so far were being interrogated. Based on their revelations further course of action would be decided, the SSP said.

Asked if Vijender Singh, who hails from Haryana's Bhiwani district, would be questioned, the SSP said, "We haven't taken any final decision on summoning him." He said investigation in the case was under progress as the six accused arrested so far were being interrogated. Based on their revelations further course of action would be decided, the SSP said.

Meanwhile, Kahlon on Friday reportedly attempted to commit suicide in prison and had to be hospitalised. "The key accused Anup Singh Kahlon attempted suicide. He took out a wire from the bucket used for bathing and tried to slit his wrist with it, but he is out of danger," Fatehgarh Sahib's Senior Superintendent of Police, HS Mann said. The accused was safe and provided medical aid, the SSP said, adding that no major injury was sustained in the suicide attempt. Kahlon, an NRI, would now be booked for attempt to suicide.

Asked about reports that Ram, a native of Patiala, purportedly confessed that he had taken heroin at least six times from the arrested peddlers and consumed it with Vijender, the SSP said, "We are verifying these. I cannot comment further at this stage."

Vijender, 27, a Haryana Police DSP rank officer, has trashed allegations that he has links with the alleged NRI drug dealer arrested by the Punjab Police, saying the "ridiculous charges" would be proved wrong in investigations.

Police had recovered nearly 30 kg of heroin, estimated over Rs 130 crore, from Kahlon's house in Shivalik Vihar in Zirakpur on the city outskirts in Mohali district on Thursday. 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. Police had on Friday said that during interrogation Kahlon had alleged that Vijender and Ram Singh, a Punjab police inspector, were his "clients" and used to visit him.

Police had said that during interrogation Kahlon named a wrestler Jagdish Bhola, a former Punjab police cop, as the kingpin of the gang and he was absconding. Bhola, an Arjun awardee, was recruited in 1993 in Bathinda district and later he became an inspector for his achievements in wrestling. He came into limelight when he was named for the Arjuna Award and also won the title of 'Rustum-e-Hind'.

Bhola was first booked for smuggling of contraband in 2001 when he was in the police. He was declared a proclaimed offender. In January, 2002 Bathinda police had registered a case under various sections of the NDPS Act against Bhola for his alleged involvement in drug smuggling.

With Additional Inputs from PTI

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