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Vijender’s sparring partner suspended

Vijender’s sparring partner suspended
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Olympic bronze-medallist Vijender Singh’s roommate and sparring partner Ram Singh was expelled from the National Institute of Sports on Sunday after admitting that he consumed drugs with the star boxer, who may soon be questioned by the police.

Serving as a head constable with Punjab Police, Ram, a former national championship medallist in the super heavyweight category, told reporters in Fatehgarh Sahib that he and Vijender experimented with drugs on a few occasions.

The admission came after he was grilled by the police. Ram, who is being quizzed daily, and Vijender’s name cropped up during the investigation into the recovery of Rs 130 crore worth of heroin in Zirakpur on Thursday.

The 27-year-old Vijender, a DSP with Haryana Police, has steadfastly denied involvement in the scandal but has not reacted to Ram’s fresh claims so far. Police sources said Vijender is likely to be called for questioning on the basis of statements made by Ram as also alleged drug peddler, NRI Anup Singh Kahlon.

When asked whether Vijender was being summoned, Fatehgarh Sahib SSP Hardyal Singh Mann did not give a clear answer saying, ‘At the moment the priority is to zero in on four-five persons actively involved in the drug trade,’ he told PTI. Their names have emerged based on the interrogation of Kahlon and five others arrested in the case, he said. Meanwhile, a factory belonging to relatives of an Arjuna awardee wrestler was searched by Punjab police in a village in Fatehgarh Sahib on Sunday.

A senior police officer said two persons have been rounded up and were being interrogated. The officer said police is conducting raids to arrest wrestler Jagdish Bhola, a dismissed DSP of Punjab Police, who is the alleged kingpin of a gang recently busted by police with the arrest of Kahlon. Executive director of NIS LS Ranawat confirmed Ram’s expulsion in Patiala. ‘Ram will be relieved from the camp here from tomorrow,’ said Ranawat, adding Vijender would continue to remain in camp.
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