Police yesterday arrested an alleged fraudster and journalist impersonator for blackmailing people in Chattogram city's Pahartali area.
The arrestee was identified as Masud Rana (35) from the port city's Uttar Kattali area, said police.
Law enforcers recovered two ID cards of "Ctg Crime TV" and "Daily Bhorer Janala", a machete, two knives, three toy pistols, 24 yaba pills and a camera from his possession.
Palash Kanti Nath, additional deputy commissioner of Chattogram Metropolitan Police (West Zone), told The Daily Star, "Masud lives in a flat of a building of one Jamiur Alam in Pahartali's Akata Residential area, introducing himself as a journalist."
Police said with the help of two women, Masud used to take pictures of people in a "compromising situation" in a bid to blackmail them afterwards.
At one stage, the landlord came to know about the incident and later informed police of it, said the ADC.
Police also found Masud to be sued in seven cases with different police stations under Special Powers Act, Explosives Act, and Firearms Act, said the police official.