Fellow Olympic boxer says police 'planted' evidence to frame Vijender

The Punjab Police’s version of events in the Vijender Singh case have been challenged by fellow Olympian boxer Dinesh Kumar, who claims that Vijender’s car was planted at the scene by the police.

In an interview with news channel Times Now, Kumar said that Ram Singh and he drove to the Fatehgarh Sahib police station together in Vijender’s car, after which the police took possession of the vehicle. Singh is the other boxer implicated in the case.

Fellow boxer Dinesh Kumar has come to Vijender Singh's defense. AFP

Fellow boxer Dinesh Kumar has come to Vijender Singh's defense. AFP

Singh had claimed that he used to talk to Kahlon alias Ruby, the alleged Canada-based NRI drug dealer who was arrested by police on 3 March, on Vijender’s phone.

Ram Singh also said he had consumed heroin for “fun” on a few occasions along with Vijender, whose name came up in the case after his wife's SUV was found outside Kahlon’s residence in Shivalik Vihar in Zirakpur when the contraband was recovered by Fatehgarh Sahib police on 7 March.

According to Kumar, the police called Singh and asked him to come down to the station as they had a few questions to ask him.

Singh picked Kumar up on the way and the two went to the station together. There, they were separated and after Kumar was asked a few questions, he was told he could leave but they would be asking Singh some more questions.

However, when Kumar tried to drive away in the car, he was stopped and told that the police would be taking posession of the vehicle. Kumar refused to hand it over though, saying it was Vijender’s and he could not leave it behind.

The police continued to insist, and eventually Kumar yielded and left the car with them.

The police have also alleged that Vijender had consumed heroin 12 times and spoken with Kahlon over 80 times. They have not, however, filed any charges against him and said the investigation is still on.

With inputs from PTI