Police arrested Rajshahi BNP Vice President Altaf Hossain, a close associate of detained Mayor Mizanur Rahman Minu, from Shaheb Bazar Zero Point in the city yesterday.
Altaf was arrested by Boalia police at around 1:00pm under section 16 (2) of the emergency ordinance.
Police said Altaf was the 22nd among the listed criminals of the city, an accused in 3 cases and 4 general diaries lodged with Boalia Police Station, including shooting present District BNP President Azizur Rahman during a meeting in 2005.
A prayer seeking one-month detention against him was sent to concerned authorities, said the police.
Sources said Altaf raked in huge wealth since he was close to Minu over the last 10 years, despite the fact that he was only a vegetable seller at Shaheb Bazar.
He amassed a huge amount of money after he was made a member of Rajshahi Development Authority's governing body.
Joint forces recently demolished a two-storied market owned by Altaf inside Rajshahi Medical College Hospital compound. He erected the market illegally leasing a piece of land at a lower rate.
Altaf also constructed two luxurious buildings in Dargahpara and Terokhadia areas encroaching portions of government roads.
He was still earning a handsome amount from the fifth floor of Sona Dighi market, also leased illegally at a lower rate.