The whole country has been facing a severe socio-economic crisis as a result of the pandemic. West Bengal suffered from not only the loss of jobs by workers and migrant labour issue affected by extended lockdown but has also been ravaged by Cyclone Amphan. The response of the Bengal government in overcoming the twin crisis has been inadequate. Many civil society groups, including different civil rights organisations, students’ organisations and cultural forums, have sprung into action to face this crisis. All these initiatives provided relief to the affected people. Many of these groups raised demands for adequate compensation, proper distribution of ration, the need for 100 days work, issuing of new job cards, etc (and have tried to otganise people). The state government, which has failed to provide the amenities to its citizens in dire need, resorted to the use of force to stop all such initiatives taken by the civil society. The Bengal police brutally attacked the people and even arrested the organisers of the agitations and slapped cognisable charges.
APDR strongly condemns the government’s role and brutal attack by the Bengal police and the hooligans belonging to the ruling Trinamool Congress party. APDR had organised a street corner ob 10th July in Krishnanagar of Nadia district and condemned the ongoing anti-people attitude demonstrated by the government and administration.