Unidentified khaki-clad men stole four cows from the cow shelter of Sri Baba Manoharnath Temple in Surajkund area of Meerut early on Tuesday, police said on Wednesday.
Hundreds of workers from BJP and other Hindu organisations led by the saffron party’s state president Dr Laxmikant Bajpai, MP Rajendra Agarwal, mayor Harikant Ahluwalia arrived at the temple on Tuesday evening and staged a sit-in protest demanding immediate arrest of the miscreants and recovery of stolen cows.
Senior superintendent of police DC Dubey met the leaders at the temple.
“We have given the police five days’ time to arrest the criminals and recover the cows and if they fail a massive movement would be launched in protest,” Agarwal said.
Their protest disrupted the traffic around Surajkund area for hours.
Sokendra, the cow shelter’s caretaker, woke up at around 2am and saw the miscreants loading four cows in a vehicle. He alerted other people inside the temple premises but the men managed to flee with the cows.
He then reported the incident to the police control room and circle officer of Civil Lines area BS Veer Kumar reached the temple and began an investigation.
BJP leaders said anti-social elements are trying to vitiate the atmosphere ahead of Holi by committing such crimes and blamed the police for ignoring these incidents under the pressure of the state government.