Fugitive Shahid Commissioner held with arms
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.