Jamaat-e-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami, its Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed and Nayebe Ameer (vice-president) Delwar Hossain Saydee were arrested on Tuesday hours after a Dhaka court ordered their arrest on charges of hurting religious sentiments of Muslims.
Additional Deputy Commissioner Syed Nazrul Islam of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (Ramna Division) said a team of Detective Branch of police picked up Nizami from the Jatiya Press Club area in the city.
After the arrest, the Jamaat chief has been taken to the DB office at Mintu road in the city, the official said.
Mojaheed was picked up from Ashulia, on the outskirts of the capital, and Saydee from his Moghbazar residence, police confirmed to The Daily Star without releasing more details.
Metropolitan Magistrate Mehedi Hasan Talukder earlier in the day ordered the arrest of Nizami, Mojaheed, Jamaat vice-president Delwar Hossain Saydee and Dhaka city unit chief Rafiqul Islam Khan as the defendants failed to comply with summonses it had earlier issued asking them to appear on Tuesday.
Syed Rejaul Haque Chandpuri, secretary general of the Bangladesh Tarikat Federation, filed the case on March 21 with a metropolitan magistrate's court in Dhaka against five Jamaat leaders.
The case stated that Dhaka City Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Rafiqul Islam Khan at a discussion in Dhaka on March 17 compared Nizami to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), which hurt the Muslims.
Meanwhile, another accused of the case, city president of Islami Chhatra Shibir ASM Yahia, received bail from the same court on Tuesday.