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Vijenderís name crops up in drug haul; boxer denies link
Sanjay Bumbroo & Surinder Bhardwaj

Fatehgarh Sahib, March 8
The names of international boxers Vijender Singh and Ram Singh have cropped up in connection with the Rs 130-crore drug trafficking racket busted by the Fatehgarh Sahib police yesterday. Around 26 kgs of heroin was seized from an NRIís house in Zirakpur.

The police has summoned Ram Singh, a Head Constable, to join the investigation, but it has yet to establish Vijenderís role in the racket.

Vijenderís name figured in the case as the Ford Endeavour car found in Zirakpur yesterday was registered in the name of his wife Archana Singh.

DIG, Ludhiana Range, MF Farooqi said the police was still investigating as to how Vijenderís vehicle reached near the residence of international drug trafficker Anup Singh Kahlon in Zirakpur. ďIf required, Vijender would be summoned to join the investigation,Ē he added.

According to Farooqi, interrogation of Anup Singh has revealed that Jagdish Singh Bhola, a former Punjab policeman who was earlier booked by the Maharashtra Police under the NDPS Act, was the kingpin of the gang. He was operating from Phase 10 in Mohali.

The police today raided his house and seized Rs 8.7 lakh, besides 10 kgs of a chemical powder and some material used to package narcotics. He said the police had also arrested Kuldeep Singh and Mandeep Singh, father and brother-in-law of Kulwinder Singh, alias Rocky, who was arrested along with Anup Singh Kahlon in Zirakpur. The duo is suspected to have put around 50 kg heroin in the septic tank of their house, but the police has not been able to recover any trace of the drug so disposed of.

Farooqi said Anup Singh used to send drug consignments to Toronto and received Rs 30 lakh for every such consignment. He had sent 11 consignments to Toronto so far. Bhola used to deliver the consignment to Anup Singh who then forwarded these to Rocky to take them to Delhi.

When asked why the Mohali police could not get any clue about the drug racket being run in its jurisdiction, Farooqi said they were also investigating that aspect.

In another case, Canada-born Indian Manpreet Singh Gill (alias Mony) and Gabbar Singh were arrested from Ambey Majra village under the Mandi Gobindgarh police station. The police has seized an amount of Rs 1 crore, 2 kg heroin and 20 kgs of a chemical powder from the accused. Manpreet used to supply chemical for rave parties while Bhola was involved in heroin trade, Farooqi said.

The car trail

  • Around 26 kg heroin (worth around `130 crore in the international market) was seized from NRI Anup Singh Kahlonís house in Zirakpur by the Fatehgarh Sahib police on Thursday
  • A Ford Endeavour car, found parked near the house of that NRI, was later found to be registered in the name of Vijenderís wife Archana Singh
  • The police has not ruled out the possibility of summoning Vijender to join the investigations

Trouble for Vijender

Boxer Ram Singh, who was summoned by the police to join investigation into the drug haul case, has reportedly told the police that he and Vijender had met Canadian drug trafficker Anup Singh five times. In a press note issued late in Friday evening, DIG MF Farooqui said Anup had mentioned names of Vijender and Ram Singh.

ĎI am taken abackí

I am taken aback with the turn of events and have absolutely no idea as to how my name sprung up (in the case). I left my car with my friends and have no idea as to how did it reach Zirakpur. I cannot travel everywhere by car and so whenever, I go anywhere, I leave it at the NIS, Patiala, and the keys are with my friends. May be they were using it in my absence.

ó Vijender Singh, Olympic medallist





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