Earlier in the day, AKM Hafiz Akter, additional commissioner of the DB Police, said at a briefing that these five were arrested for their direct involvement in the clashes between the Dhaka College students and New Market shopkeepers that claimed two lives.
Two murder cases were filed at New Market police station in connection with the clashes, he said.
Two people, Nahid and Mursalin were killed while more than 30 others, including journalists and students, were injured as the students of Dhaka College clashed with the traders of New Market at the Nilkhet intersection on 19 April.
Shopkeepers alleged that the students were beaten up as they had refused to foot the bill at an eatery.
Police subsequently registered four cases against 1,400 people in connection with the clashes.
On 20 April, a murder case was filed at the New Market police station following a complaint by Nahid's father Nadim Hossain accusing anonymous people.