Cricketer Umar held over alleged assault

February 02, 2014 - 5:01:45 am
KARACHI: Pakistan Test batsman Umar Akmal has been detained by police for questioning after being accused of assaulting a police warden in his hometown of Lahore.

The case has been registered at the Gulberg police station in whose jurisdiction the alleged incident happened yesterday.

“He violated a traffic signal and when he was stopped by the traffic warden he misbehaved with him, got abusive and also tore his shirt,” senior police official Tariq Aziz told reporters.

“He is presently detained at the police station for questioning,” he added.

However, Umar, 23, denied the charges and told reporters that the traffic warden had slapped him and abused him over a minor issue.

“His behaviour was inappropriate to say the least. I came to the police station to register a complaint and instead they have detained me,” he added.

Umar claimed the incident was captured on CCTV cameras at the traffic signal and the footage will make it clear who was the aggrieved and guilty parties.

Umar’s family blamed the police for stopping him from applying for bail yesterday as the court had closed for the day by the time he was taken there for the hearing.