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Akmal arrested

Monday, February 03, 2014

LAHORE, Pakistan - Pakistan's middle-order batsman Umar Akmal was arrested yesterday for violating traffic rules, interfering in government work and "scuffling" with a traffic official.

Police said the 23-year-old Akmal, whose brothers Kamran and Adnan also play for Pakistan, did not stop at a traffic signal in the commercial Firdous market area in Lahore, and later brawled with a traffic warden.

"Three wardens tried to stop him after he violated a traffic signal but he did not (stop). And when he finally stopped, he scuffled with a warden and tore his uniform," senior local police official Zahid Nawaz told reporters.

"Umar is under arrest and a case has been filed against him."

But Akmal denied the charges, claiming he had been assaulted by the traffic warden first.

"The warden hit me on my face and you can see the wounds," he told reporters.

"I myself came to the police station with a request to control the wardens who misbehave with people and police have instead registered a case against me."

Later Saturday, the Lahore police took Akmal to a session court but could not produce him before the close of proceedings.

Akmal's lawyer Wasim Mumtaz said police stopped him from meeting Umar.

"The police wasted time and even stopped me from meeting him," said Mumtaz, who was unsure whether his client will be released on bail before court proceedings on Monday.

Mumtaz added that the authorities had yet to show him a copy of the allegations against his client, a refusal which he described as "unlawful".

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