Chandigarh: A factory belonging to relatives of an Arjuna award winner was on Sunday searched by Punjab police in a village in Fatehgarh Sahib in the wake of recovery of 26 kg haul of heroin with a street value of Rs 130 crore.

A senior police officer said two persons have been rounded up during the searches and were being interrogated. The officer said police had conducted raids to arrest Arjuna awardee wrestler Jagdish Bhola, a dismissed DSP of Punjab Police, who is allegedly the kingpin of a gang recently busted by Fatehgarh Sahib police with the arrest of NRI Anup Singh Kahlon.

He said boxer Ram Singh during questioning had told the police on Sunday that he and Olympic medalist boxer Vijender Singh had taken some substance as a "food supplement" which later turned out to be heroin.

They were not aware that it was heroin, Ram Singh claimed before the police. Meanwhile, Fatehgarh Sahib SSP Hardyal Singh Mann told in Chandigarh that based on the interrogation of Kahlon and five others arrested in the case, the names of 4-5 persons engaged in the drug trade in the region had emerged.

Mann said that the police could not reveal these names as it would hamper investigations. "At the moment the priority is to zero in on these persons actively involved in the drug trade," the SSP said when asked if Vijender was likely to be summoned in the near future.

He said Ram Singh had been summoned for questioning "on a day to day basis". The boxer has not been arrested, Mann said, adding that Ram Singh was only being called for questioning.

Police said that Bhola continued to evade the police despite raids being conducted at various places in the region. Vijender's sparring partner Ram Singh had during interrogation on Saturday claimed that the duo "consumed small quantities of drug" on a few occasions, which was given to them by Kahlon, who attempted suicide under police custody On Saturday but was out of danger.


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