New Delhi: Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday over the Bulandshahr violence and said that he will not understand the pain of losing children because he doesn’t have them. Demanding a complete ban on cow slaughter across the country, Azad demanded the PM to declare cow as the national animal.

“I request PM Modi to declare cow the national animal and ban cow slaughter across the country. Why is cow slaughter still allowed in some BJP-ruled states? PM Modi does not understand the pain of losing children (to violence linked to alleged slaughtering of cattle) as he does not have any of his own. Half the ministers in his cabinet also don’t have children and that is why they don’t understand the pain of losing a son, father or husband to violence of such kind,” Chandrashekhar said while speaking via Facebook Live, as quoted by News18.

He also referred to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal as ‘terrorist organisations’. ““These groups are trying to break the cultural fabric of the country. Baba Saheb had banned such organisations in 1956 but later the bans were lifted,” he said.

He also announced a rally in Hapur district on December 18, during the live chat, and urged people to turn up in huge numbers.

Earlier on Sunday, the Army jawan, Jitendra Malik alias Jeetu Fauji, who was detained by the 22 Rashtriya Rifles in Sopore town of Jammu and Kashmir in connection with Bulandshahr violence on Saturday, was sent to a 14-day judicial custody by a local court.

Amid reports that an Army jawan was allegedly involved in the case related to the killing of a police inspector in Bulandshahr mob violence, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Saturday urged media not to “prejudge” things without proof. “Do not prejudge events without evidence. Please come out with facts. If you have facts available, then judge,” Rawat said.

The violence broke out on October 3 in the Uttar Pradesh town after cow carcasses were found. Inspector Subodh Kumar and 20-year-old local Sumit Kumar lost their lives in the incident. Till now, at least nine people have been arrested in connection with the violence.