Cops to move court to get Vijender's blood, hair samples

Chandigarh, March 13: The Punjab police has decided to move the court after Olympic medal-winning boxer Vijender Singh refused to give blood and hair samples for testing to the cops in connection to his alleged links with arrested NRI drug smuggler Anoop Singh Kahlon.

The accused pugilist, during an interrogation by the police in Panchkula recently, said he would give the samples only to a state-of-the-art laboratory like that of the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA). Testing of the samples would ascertain whether Singh indeed had used the heroin.

Finding no other option, the DSP heading the two-member interrogating team told Singh that they would move the court to get his samples. The boxer was also told that he might be questioned again. He also refused to sign the statement for it was written in Punjabi and he could not read the language.

Singh, a native of Bhiwani, in Haryana was questioned in Haryana for he himself is a deputy superintendent of police in his home state.

Earlier, Kahlon, who was arrested in Punjab's Fategarh Sahib on March 3, allegedly named Vijender Singh and his fellow-boxer Ram Singh as his clients. The boxers said that they knew Kahlon but not his drug peddling business.

Ram Singh, who was expelled later from National Institute for Sports (NIS), Patiala, said he and Vijender Singh had tried to consume heroin for fun after taking some from Kahlon, the latter denied such charges.

Meanwhile, Vijender Singh was learnt to have applied for a leave from the boxing camp at NIS till March 14. The application cited departmental work as the reason for the leave. The boxer had also taken a leave till Saturday for personal reason and was supposed to join the camp on Sunday. But he failed to turn up within the stipulated time and was given time till Tuesday.

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