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IPS officer caught cheating: Villagers in a state of shock and disbelief

KOCHI: People in Kunnukara, a small village near Nedumbassery in Ernakulam, was in a state shock and disbelief over the news of Safeer Karim, the local youth who went on to crack the civil service exam to become an IPS officer, landing in police custody for alleged exam malpractice.
“He was bright and talented. Apart from the mischiefs of his age, we never had any major issues involving him,” said Leena P T, principal of Christu Jayanti High School where Safeer was a student.
The village had seen many receptions being organized by the residents a couple of years ago when the local boy cracked the civil service exams.
“He was a decent chap and used to conduct a PSC coaching classes here. When he came to the village for Keralotsvam (a celebration here) after he became an IPS officer, he had even played cricket with the youths. He was an inspiration and this downfall is sad. I think it shows how greed can affect even good persons,” said Kunnukara panchayat president Francis Tharayil.
Residents say Safeer’s father used to own a brick factory and his mother is a housewife. “He was a studious person.We don’t know about the veracity of these allegations,” said M V Thomas, a resident.
Safeer had studied at Model Technical Higher Secondary School and MET’s School of Engineering. He started the Karim’s academy in the state after attending coaching classes in other states.

Safeer Karim cracking the civil service exam had helped the Karim’s academy gain popularity in the state. With Safeer becoming an ASP, his wife took over the day to day running of the academy in Kochi.
Renowned motivational speaker and civil service exam trainer Jobin S Kottaram who had taken classes at Karim’s academy in Thiruvananthapuram remembers that many of Safeer’s students had appeared for the civil service interview along with their teacher.

Residents say Safeer’s family was not averse to him marrying Joicy Joy, a Christian girl who is a native of Erumely in Kottayam. According to a friend of Joicy, she was active in literary works from college days.
Joicy did her graduation in commerce from Marian College, Kuttikkanam. She was born in Mumbai and had previously worked as a mentor in training programmes organized by various agencies, including the YMCA.

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