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SIT to probe IAS officer’s death, Oppn protests in Assembly


IAS officer Anurag Tiwari was found dead on Wednesday undermysterious circumstances on a roadside in the high-security Hazratganj area in Lucknow.

Lucknow : A Special Investigation Team was constituted on Thursday to probe the death of IAS officer Anurag Tiwari as the issue generated heat in the state Assembly for the second consecutive day.

The five-member SIT headed by Circle Officer Hazratganj to probe the young Karnataka cadre officer’s death has been asked to submit its report within 72 hours, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Deepak Kumar told PTI. On allegations by family members of the deceased that it was a case of murder, the SSP said they have not given any application for registration of an FIR yet.

“They (family members) told us that Anurag was not allowed leave by seniors in Karnataka but the police is probing the matter professionally, looking at all the angles,” Kumar said.

Tiwari was found dead on Wednesday under mysterious circumstances on a roadside in the high-security Hazratganj area here, hardly a kilometre away from the Uttar Pradesh Assembly.

He was cremated on Thursday at his native place in Bahraich district of Uttar Pradesh, where large number of locals and bureaucrats were also present.

As opposition members raised the matter vociferously in the Assembly, the government informed the House that the deceased was about to expose scams worth thousands of crores of rupees of the Congress-led government in Karnataka.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Khanna’s response came amid allegations from the opposition benches that Anurag (36), posted as Commissioner in the Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs in Bengaluru, was murdered.

“It is true that the body of the officer was recovered yesterday. The post-mortem examination was conducted by a panel of four doctors and as the exact cause of death could not be ascertained, his viscera was preserved,” he said.

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