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If you have determination, you can achieve any target, says Anjum Ara, the second Muslim  
lady IPS officer of the country. She was encouraged by her father when she told him after completing her education that she wants to become a police officer. Her hard work and determination ensured her selection as an IPS officer in 2011. Now she is posted in Shimla as SSP. Earlier, Mumbai’s Sara Rizvi had entered this top police service in 2008.

Anjum belongs to Kamharia, a small village in Azamgarh. Her father Ayub Shaikh is a government employee while mother is a home-maker. Anjum received  her secondary education at Saharanpur’s Arya Kanya Inter-college and her higher secondary education at HR Inter College in first division. Then she took B.Tech from an engineering college in Lucknow before passing the IPS exam in 2011. She was selected for Manipur cadre. After  working there for some time she was posted As SSP of Shimla, capital of Himachal Pradesh where she lives with her husband and children. She says that parents should encourage their children to excel in education. Her husband, Yunus, is an IAS officer who is appointed as addl. deputy commissioner  in Shimla. He is the same IAS officer whom mining mafia in Slan’s Nalagarh had tried to run over with a tracator. It did not deter him from cleansing that area of illegal mining.    

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 October 2015 on page no. 12

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