The Washington Post incorrectly reported in yesterday's editions that former Prime Minister Amir Abbas Hoveyda was replaced last month by Jaafar Sharif-Emami as premier. Hoveyda was replaced in August 1977 by Jamshid Amouzegar, who in turn was succeeded by Sharif-Emami last month.

Former prime minister Amir Abba Hoveida, for more than a decade one of the shah's closest associates, was arrested yesterday as Iran's new military government continued its crackdown against prominent political figures reputed involved in widespread corruption.

Hoveida, who served as prime minister from 1965 until the summer of this year, was among more than 100 former officials facing unspecified charges of "illegal acts" against the government.

The military government yesterday made repeated announcements of the arrests in an apparent attempt to demonstrate to an increasingly restless population that Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi is determined to rid his government of corruption and misuse of billions of dollars generated during Iran's oil boom.

On the third day of military rule, Tehran returned to near normal yesterday as office workers and shoppers crowded downtown streets, except those areas heavily damaged during Sunday's rioting.

Shooting was reported in the southern part of the city where army troops apparently fired in the air to disperse groups of protesters. There were no reports of injuries.

Rumors in Western money markets yesterday that the shah had been assassinated or shot were categorically denied by a spokesman for the Iranian monarch.

[UPI reported that its bureau manager in Tehran, Sajid Rizvi, 30, was seized by security agents early today and ordered deported to London on the first available plane. No reasons were given for the expulsion of Rizvi, who is a Pakistani national.]

Hoveida's arrest followed the jailing Tuesday of 12 former top officials in his government, including the former chief of Savak, the Iranian secret police.

Officials here said a total of 153 former key officials are either under arrest or have been charged in warrants that have not yet been seved.

Underscoring his determination to stamp out alleged corruption, the shah yesterday met with Justice Minister Hossein Najafi and instructed him to set up special tribunals to prosecute those arrested.

Najafi has been retained from the dissolved civilian Cabinet of former prime minister Jaafar Sharif-Emami, who replaced Hoveida in September. Najafi's retention in the government was viewed by political observers as a significant step.

Najafi recently ordered the release of all political prisoners by the end of the year in an attempt to satisfy some of the demands of the opposition. More than 1,000 prisoners were released last week on the eve of the shah's birthday, and the remaining 600 will be released on Dec. 10, which is Universal Declaration of Human Rights Day.

The corruption crackdown, coupled with Najafi's remaining in the government, were seen as attempts by the shah to gain support and temporize the effect of martial law.

The government also confirmed in news broadcasts on state-owned television that the former managing director of Iran's national television airlines died by gunshots at his home. The government claimed that Ali Mohammed Khadmi committed suicide, but reliable sources said that Khadmi was assassinated by a Moslem youth guerrilla group before Savak agents went to his house to arrest him on corruption charges.

Some of Tehran's newspapers prepared to resume publications later this week after having been closed by the military government. Agents have surrounded the newspapers' offices and have so far refused to allow employes to work.

Communications in Iran were partially crippled with a blackout of the entire telex system, and officials said the network probably will not be restored until Sunday, following a religious holiday on Saturday.

Iranian officials announced that employes of oil producing and refining facilities at Abadan, who have been striking for more than a week, were resuming work. According to reliable reports from Abadan, however, this was not the case and almost all employes reportedly were still refusing to work.

Sources in Tehran reported that Iran's total oil production still remains slightly below two million barrels a day, which is slightly more than needed to meet domestic needs. Iran, which depends on oil revenue for 60 percent of its gross national products, normally produces about six million barrels a day.

Wire services reported from Tehran that Molotov cocktails were hurled yesterday at the home of three foreign families, two of them reportedly Americans. Their identities were not disclosed and there were no reports of injuries. A U.S. Embassy official said the attack on the three homes, all on the same street, appeared to be isolated incidents.