Raipur: Two persons who attempted to immolate themselves in front of Chhattisgarh Chief Minister's residence here to highlight their demand were arrested on Thursday, police said.

Vishnu Prasad Sahu (35) and Radheshayam Khamhari (45) poured kerosene and tried to set themselves ablaze when policemen present at the residence intervened and took them into custody, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Deepanshu Kabra said.

Chief Minister Raman Singh was inside his bungalow when the incident took place.

Sahu and Khamhari hail from Pithora block of Mahasamund district. They had been demanding action against a Government officer, who they alleged, was responsible for irregularities in the recruitment of teachers in Class 3 grade in 2007, he said.

The officer in question, P S Thakur, was Chief Executive Officer of Pithora Block Panchayat when the recruitment took place.

The State Government had set up a probe committee after receiving complaints against him. Despite the panel finding Thakur guilty, no action was taken against him, which enraged Sahu and Khamhari, Kabra said.

The duo had earlier warned that if a case was not filed against Thakur by September 12, they would commit self- immolation in front of the CM's residence the next day, the SSP said.

(Agencies)

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