On August 8, 1942, the All India Congress Committee adopted a resolution in favour of starting a mass movement on a large scale. Gandhiji gave the slogan ‘Quit India’. The Congress demanded the immediate ending of the British rule in India. The day after the resolution was passed, the Congress was banned and all important leaders were arrested. This was followed by the repressive policy and cruel atrocities were committed on the innocent people. As there was lack of proper leadership, riots broke out all over the country. The people set fire to many police stations, post offices, railway stations and other government buildings. The government tried to suppress the agitation with an iron hand. Mass arrests were made. Thousands of Indians became the target of the British bullets.