According to a latest report from Chandigarh, Punjab police have nabbed a million-dollar international drugs racket that had been operating from Punjab but the links of which are suspected to root back to China. Though the drugs racket has been linked to a few other countries before, the police claim to be taking an action against some identified but undisclosed Chinese visitors who came in 2010 to Chandigarh for drugs quality testing. The tested drugs included methamphetamine (called “Ice” in rave parties) and pseudophedrine that is used to manufacture Ice.
On March 7, 2013, the first seizure of more than 28 kg drugs was made, and since then, some lifestyle drugs have been seized in huge quantities worth an estimated international retail price value of over Rs. 480 crore. In the international market, the total wholesale price value of these seizures comes to about Rs. 120 crore. There have been latest seizures from the Fatehgarh Sahib district, Sangrur, Patiala, and Panchkula near Chandigarh.
Per the police sources, the international boxer Vijender Singh and his colleague Ram Singh have consumed heroin 12 and 5 times respectively. According to news reports, both of them took the drug from Anoop Singh Kahlon who is a drug dealer based in Canada and another person named Rocky. This happened between December 2012 and February 2013, but as of now, both Vijender and Ram Singh have not been found involved in the smuggling activities and are left from any arrests. There has not been anything recovered from both of them. Ram Singh had been working as a constable and is now dismissed from service due to charges against him, while Vijender Singh is working with Haryana Police as an under-training deputy superintendent of police.
Reports say that the seized drugs were being exported to countries, including Holland, Britain and Canada. This was being done through a British national, Kulwant Singh who has been arrested in the case. Anoop Singh Kahlon had been earlier arrested for possessing these drugs, after the Fatehgarh Sahib police made the first drugs seizure (worth Rs. 130 crore in the international market). The drugs were recovered from Kahlon’s car and his flat in Zirakpur near Chandigarh. Kahlon termed Ram Singh and Vijender as his “clients” after a sport utility vehicle, registered in the name of Vijender’s wife, was found at Kahlon’s flat.
Punjab police have already done a questioning with Vijender, who has not yet agreed to provide samples of his hair and blood. Thus far, with 15 case arrests (with a Briton and two Canadian) made so far, some 25 people from the network have been absconding. Police searches and investigations are on in the cities of Punjab, Delhi, U.P. and Mumbai. The members of this racket-busting police team have been rewarded with promotions, and now, they are on the lookout for all possible international connections of this drugs racket.