BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: Amid the lockdown, if there’s anybody who has become a victim of merciless trolls in Bengal it’s Jadavpur resident ‘Cha Kaku’ aka Mridul Deb. A video, where Mridul on Janta Curfew day had stepped out of his house to a tea shop went viral. And his dialogue, “Cha khabo na amra? Amra ki khabo na cha,” became instant meme material.
But then, at times trolls and social media can be a boon too. Soon, people got to know that Mridul is a mason by profession and lives a hand-to-mouth existence with his mother, elder sister, wife and son. The netizens then started offering to help the middle-aged man.
On Saturday, Mridul was taken in for a surprise when he chatted with actress and Jadavpur MP Mimi Chakraborty via video conference. One of her team members had visited his house and handed over ration and essential items too. Mimi asked him if he was keeping well and apart from ration, the politician also sent him tea packets. “I have also sent you tea packets. So, please don’t step out of the house to have tea these few days. I am giving you the contact number of my team member. Please get in touch with him in case of any problem and they will make sure you get food and essentials,” said Mimi, whose serial Gaaner Opare is back on TV.
The family members of Mridul are extremely happy that the Jadavpur MP has come forward with financial help. Mimi will also take care of his son’s education.
When we got in touch Mimi, she said she got to know about Mridul through his team. “My main motive is to help people and provide them with necessities. People are in extreme difficult situation now and I want to be with them,” she said.
Earlier, too, we have seen how Mimi had used the technology to reach the people of her constituency and raise awareness about coronavirus. Though she was in home quarantine, Mimi made sure that masks and sanitisers reached the people especially the kids of Sonarpur through the party workers.