The Rapid Action Battalion early yesterday arrested Saidur Rahman Shahid alias Shahid commissioner at his Gendaria house in the capital and seized four firearms from there.
Former commissioner of ward-83 of the undivided Dhaka City Corporation, Shahid is accused in a number of cases including those for murders and possessing illegal arms, Khandakar Golam Sarwar, commanding officer of Rab-10 told reporters at the elite force's headquarters in the capital's Dhalpur area.
He said acting on a tip off, a Rab team had raided Shahid's house on Satish Sarkar Road around 3:00am, while he along with his six to seven accomplices were planning subversive activities.
During the raid, the accomplices had managed to climb down from the second-floor balcony of the five-storey building using a rope, said the Rab official.
He said the law enforcers had recovered three illegal and one licensed firearms, and 62 bullets from the house.
Shahid had been convicted in a number of cases and awarded the capital punishment in a murder case in the lower court. Later, the high court acquitted him, Mehedi Hasan, officer-in-charge of Gendaria police told The Daily Star.
The former commissioner participated in the 10th parliamentary polls held on January 5 this year as an independent candidate from Dhaka-6 constituency. However, hours after the polling had begun he withdrew his candidacy alleging rigging. Jatiya Party candidate Kazi Firoz Rahsid won the seat.
On January 2, three days prior to the election, a team of Rab seized three firearms and 35 bullets, and arrested one Hafizur Rahman from Shahid's house.