Pankaj Prasoon

The Martyrs Of Palojoree

Palojoree is a small village town in Dumka district of Jharkhand, India where in 1980s a massacre happened. The police under the Cong Chief Minister Dr Jagannath MIshra, went berserk and opened fire on hapless armless tribal who had assembled there to demand food. This poem is a tribute to those who died in that anti-people massacre.

The drum kept on beating

And thousands empty stomach
came out
Hands on their bellies

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