Chandigarh: Adding a new twist to the drug haul case, boxer Ram Singh has claimed that he and boxer Vijender Singh were in touch with drug peddler Anup Singh Kahlon since December 2012. Sources said Ram and Vijender met Kahlon and co-accused Rocky four to five times and took drugs six times.
Ram has also claimed that he bought drugs including heroin from Kahlon for consumption by him and Vijender and said that former police inspector Jagdish Singh Bhola is said to be kingpin of the racket. Bhola is emerging as the mastermind who moved several consignments of drugs out from India and received Rs 30 lakh for each consignment.
Kahlon, too, had claimed that two of his clients were Olympic medalist and sporting icon Vijender Singh and another boxer Ram Singh. Ram Singh has been questioned by the Punjab Police since Friday after 30 kilograms of heroin worth Rs 130 crore was recovered from a house in Zirakpur, outside Chandigarh. Suspicions were further aroused when a car belonging to Vijender's wife Archana was found near the premises.
However, while speaking to CNN-IBN on Friday Vijender denied the claims. He said, "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."
The champion boxer later released a statement as well. "I completely deny the allegations. I do not know the person in question and I am not involved with him in anyway. I may have met him but don't know him personally or directly. I am more than willing to co-operate with the police on this and I have nothing to hide. My wife's car being found at the scene is just a coincidence. The person in custody is possibly using my name to mislead the authorities and to malign my name and image. My focus is and has always been on my career," he said in the statement.
Vijender's brother Manoj denied any links. "This is a conspiracy against Vijender. Some personal enmity could be the reason," said Manoj. 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 dispatched a top level officer to assist in the investigations.
Reportedly, Punjab is a transit point for drug smugglers and the drugs make way from Pakistan and Afghanistan. Reports say 80 per cent of smuggled drug goes undetected.
Vijender won a bronze medal at 2006 Asian Games in Doha, a bronze at 2008 Beijing Olympics and is the first Indian boxer to win an Olympic medal. The boxer was also honoured with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award and was 2009 top-ranked boxer in middle-weight category. Ram Singh won silver in Junior National Boxing Championship in 2002, bronze medal in Czech Republic Grand Prix in 2007, gold in AK Misra Senior Men Boxing Championship in 2009 and bronze in international meet in Kazakhstan in 2009.