DHAKA, Bangladesh -- Former Prime Minister Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury, who helped revitalize the party of ousted President Hussain Muhammad Ershad, was arrested at his home early Sunday and taken to a prison south of the capital, official sources said.
Police said he would be held under a 1974 law that allows detention without charges for 120 days.
It was not known whether the arrest was connected to a a bank loan default case the United News of Bangladesh said was filed against Chowdhury recently.
Chowdhury was picked up at his home and taken to the Dhaka prison in the early morning hours Sunday, then moved in the afternoon to the central prison in Jessore, about 100 miles southwest of the capital, the United News of Bangladesh reported.
Chowdhury, who also served as a minister in the country's first post- independence government between 1972 and 1975, took over Dec. 1 as caretaker chairman of Ershad's Jatiya Party.
Ershad, who seized power in a bloodless military coup in 1982, was forced to resign as president Dec. 6 and has been in detention since Dec. 12. He faces corruption and firearms charges.
Former Home Minister Mahmudal Hasan also has been jailed and two other former ministers in the Ershad government still were being sought.
Chowdhury is credited with revitalizing the Jatiya Party after its fall from power. The party emerged from the Feb. 27 national elections as the third largest political party in Parliament.