Vijender Singh
Police are likely to question boxer Vijender Singh in drug haul caseReuters

It looks like the police team investigating the multi-crore drug scandal is using different yardstick to interrogate boxers Vijender Singh and Ram Singh who have been allegedly linked to the scandal.

Vijender Singh and Ram Singh were summoned for questioning after drug peddler Anup Singh Kahlon claimed during a police interrogation that they were his clients. However, the ways the police interrogate both the boxers appear to be different.

Ram Singh, a head constable with the Punjab Police, was questioned first in connection with the scandal. He has been reportedly questioned several times ever since Kahlon named him and Vijender as his clients. The police have also collected his blood and hair samples for forensic tests.

Ram Singh, who has been undergoing training at the National Institute of Sports (NIS) in Patiala for a while, was expelled from the national camp after he confessed that he and fellow boxer Vijender had taken drugs.

Vijender Singh, an Olympic bronze medalist and a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) with the Haryana police, was grilled by the Punjab police in Panchkula town a few days after Ram was questioned.

Now, the question is - what took the investigating team so long to interrogate the DSP?

The 29-year-old boxer from Haryana denied taking drugs but at the same time refused to give his blood and hair samples to the police for further investigation. The police also claimed that he did not co-operate with them during the probe.

If the police can grill Ram several times and take his blood and hair samples, why can't they apply the same rule to Vijender?

Interestingly, the Punjab Police have reportedly decided to move the court to get the blood and hair sample of the boxer for further investigation.

It is obvious that the police were not using the same yardstick for the boxers.

The drug haul came to light after authorities arrested Anup Singh Kahlon and Kulwinder Singh for possessing 540 grams of heroin March 3. Upon further investigation, 26 kg of heroin worth ₹130 crore was recovered from Kahlon's flat in Zirakpur of Mohali district.

Kahlon confessed during the interrogation that he has met Vijender Singh and Ram Singh several times and supplied small quantities of heroin to them.

Suspicions about Vijender Singh's links with drug peddlers grew even further after a car registered in his wife's name was found outside the flat where heroin worth ₹130 crore was recovered. Ram Singh told the police that he and Vijender had met Kahlon several times and taken drugs.

The police found out that Vijender spoke to Kahlon as many as 12 times in a month and Ram over 50 times. Vijender was also a regular visitor at Kahlon's house where the police recovered a huge amount of drugs.

The police have arrested five more people - Sunil Katyal, Manpreet Singh alias Mani, his friend Gabbar Singh and two more persons - while carrying out several raids to nab Jagdish Bhola, the alleged ring leader of the drug racket.