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Cops to move court to get Vijender’s blood samples

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, March 12, 2013
First Published: 20:17 IST(12/3/2013) | Last Updated: 11:50 IST(13/3/2013)

After boxer Vijender Singh’s refusal to give blood and hair samples for testing to the Punjab police team because of his alleged links with arrested drug peddler NRI Anoop Singh Kahlon, the cops plan to approach court to get the samples. Testing of the samples can ascertain if Vijender used heroin as alleged.

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During the questioning in Panchkula, Vijender had insisted that he would give the samples only to a lab like that of the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA), which is equipped with high-tech equipment.

So, before winding it up, the DSP heading the team had told the boxer that they were left with no choice but to approach court. And the team also told him that he might have to come again for questioning. The 2008 Olympic bronze medallist had also refused to the sign the statement as it was written in Punjabi and he could not read the language.

As per rules, Bhiwani native Vijender was questioned in Haryana territory, as he is a deputy superintendent of police (DSP) in what is his home state.

Kahlon, arrested on March 3 in Punjab’s Fatehgarh Sahib, has allegedly named Vijender and his fellow boxer Ram Singh as his clients. Both boxers have said they knew Kahlon but not about his drug peddling trade. But while Ram also said he and Vijender had tried heroin “for fun” after taking some from Kahlon, Vijender denies that.

Applies for leave from camp
Meanwhile, Vijender has applied for leave from the national boxing camp, on till March 14, at the National Institute of Sports (NIS), Patiala. Vijender’s cousin, Balwinder Singh, who is also an international boxer and part of the camp, forwarded his application to the authorities, including chief national coach GS Sandhu.  The application cites departmental work.

The 27-year-old had earlier taken leave till Saturday for personal work and was to join the camp on Sunday.

But after his failure to report at the camp, he was given time till Tuesday.

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