Uttar Pradesh: Kanpur Muslims decide not to take out in Paiki procession in Muharram | Kanpur News


KANPUR: With Kanpur still recovering from the June 3 violence and its after-effects, members of the Muslim community in the city have decided not to take out the Paiki procession this Muharram to rule out any mischief during the procession which may end up in a law and order crisis.
The procession continued uninterrupted for 225 years except in the past two years due to Covid pandemic. This year, it was likely to resume.
Khalifa Shakeel of Tanzeem Nishan-e-Paik Qasid-e-Husain and Achche Mian of Tanzeem-Al-Paik Qasid-e-Hussein have been taking out the procession every year with the help of donations from the people.
The present in charge of the procession, Kafeel Qureshi (the successor of Achhe Miyan), said Paiki procession won’t be taken out this Muharram.
“Keeping in mind the atmosphere of the city, it has been decided not to take out the Paiki procession this year. We have pleaded with people to offer prayers at their homes this Muharram and help maintain peace in the city,” he said.
A similar decision has been taken by Khalifa Shakeel.
“There will be no procession of Paiki this year. The administration has been apprised about the same. This decision has been taken keeping in view the atmosphere of the city following the June 3 violence. We have asked people not to indulge in any such work, which can affect the law and order of the city,” said Khalifa Shakeel further.
The Paiki procession was introduced by Muslims in Kanpur more than 225 years ago. It was one of the most unique features of the Muharram ceremony in the city.
Paikis are people mostly youngsters dressed in ‘kurta-pyjama’, with ropes and bells strung between their back and shoulders, who visit imambaras, Karbala and imam chowks, chanting ‘Ya Hussain, Ya Hussain’. Paikis are mostly those people whose families vow to make them as Paik during Muharram each year if their wish is fulfilled.
Going by the current atmosphere of the city, both the khalifas have agreed that this year the procession of the Paiki will not be taken out in the city, said Anand Prakash Tiwari, joint commissioner of police.
“Their decision is for the peace and tranquillity of the city. The initiative by both the khalifas should be welcomed by all,” he added.

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