First Sikh Guardsman in UK Army now in the news for wrong reasons

First Sikh guardsman in UK army now in the news for wrong reasons

A 22-year-old Sikh soldier, Charanpreet Singh Lall was in headlines some months back after he became the first person to wear turban during an annual parade to mark British Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday ceremony.

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Now he’s made headlines again but for a wrong reason as he tested positive for cocaine, according to reports. Last week he failed a random drugs test at his barracks, with insiders claiming he registered ‘high levels’ of cocaine, The Sun reported.

“Guardsman Lall has been discussing it openly in the barracks. The Guards carry out public duties at the Palace, it’s disgraceful behaviour,” a source was quoted as saying by the report.

“It is for his commanding officer to decide if he gets the boot  but anyone caught taking Class A drugs can expect to be dismissed. Everyone’s shocked. He was put in the limelight and now he’s brought only embarrassment,” the report said.

Lall has become one of the three soldiers who failed the drug tests. Brigadier Christopher Coles, Head of Army Personnel Services Group, said: “I can confirm that a number of soldiers from the Coldstream Guards are under investigation for alleged drugs misuse.”

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Charanpreet Singh Lall, was born in Punjab and moved to the UK with his family as a baby. He later joined the British Army in January 2016.

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