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     Bilaspur, November 9, 2008: Bilaspur police has rescued a senior IAS officer from North East cadre from the clutches of his abductors in the judicial capital of Chhattisgarh.

     After rescuing a 1996 batch IAS officer of Nagaland cadre Sashank Sekhar, four of his abductors have been arrested on charges of kidnap with an intention to murder, Bilaspur District Superintendent of Police Vivekanand told ChhattisgarhTopNews.Com today.

     Meanwhile, police officers, who interrogated the IAS officer, also gave him the benefit of doubt.

     The officer is on leave for the last two years and seems not capable to handle situation else the situation would not have been turned into that level from a simple verbal duel over sitting in berth, the policemen said.

     When Sekhar was travelling in from Nagpur to Rourkela he had a heated argument with one of his co-passengers, who was traveling from Nagpur to Raipur, over sitting in an AC coach in Geetanjali Express yesterday past mid night.

      After the matter aggravated the passenger telephoned two of his friends and they travelled up to Bilaspur from Raipur and in a railway level crossing, located outskirt of Bilaspur, pulled the chain and forcefully taken the IAS officer out of the train.

      The three youths called a three-wheeler and when taking him into an unknown destination, seeing police, the IAS office cried for help and due to prompt action of the security forces he was saved, police said adding including the driver of the three-wheeler, four persons were arrested.

     The incident, however, had exposed the security arrangements in running trains under the South East Central Railways.

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