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i have a list with a field (Customers) of people and group type with multiselection set to true i want to fetch the IEnumerable list of ids from that field as that field contains value in the format somewhat like (3;#;username)

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You can iterate through the SPFieldUserValueCollection and obtain the id value like so:

SPFieldUserValueCollection collection = new SPFieldUserValueCollection(web, listItem["Customers"]);
foreach (SPFieldUserValue value in collection)
    value = value.LookupId
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