The raids and arrests were in connection with the Elgar Parishad, a public meeting, held in Pune on December 31, 2017, a day before the violence at Koregaon Bhima, 60km from Pune.
The five arrested are civil rights activist and revolutionary writer P Varavara Rao (Hyderabad), lawyer Vernon Gonsalves (Mumbai), human rights activist-lawyer Arun Ferreira (Thane), activist-lawyer Sudha Bharadwaj (Faridabad) and human rights activist Gautam Navlakha (Delhi).
The police also questioned octogenarian activist and priest Stan Swamy during a raid on his house in Ranchi. Another police team went to an institute in Goa to question writer Anand Teltumbde. However, Teltumbde was not at the institute.