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Akmal may have to pay a huge fine or could potentially be imprisoned for six months
Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Umar Akmal has been arrested by Gulberg police for committing a traffic violation and assaulting a warden in the city of Lahore.
Akmal was booked under Section 186, 279 and 353.
According to AFP, Akmal was detained for violating traffic rules, interfering in government work and “scuffling” with a traffic warden.
The police claim that Akmal failed to stop at a traffic light in the Firdous market area.
“Three wardens tried to stop him after he violated a traffic signal but he did not. And when he finally stopped, he scuffled with a warden and tore his uniform,” police official Zahid Nawaz said. “Umar is under arrest and a case has been filed against him.”
Despite denying all the charges against him, Akmal could be slapped with a huge fine or face six months imprisonment.
“The warden hit me on my face and you can see the wounds,” Akmal said. “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.”
However, Nawaz stated that no such incident took place.
“I have done the inquiry and no such thing happened.”
It is also understood that Akmal was asked to apologise for assaulting the traffic warden, but when he refused to do so, the police charged him.
According to sources, Umar’s brother, Kamran, and his father both wanted to meet him, but the police did not allow them to do so.