Crime
Tewari's brother alleges that the IAS officer had been facing a threat to his life as he wanted to ask for a CBI probe into a scam he had unearthed.

The death of a Karataka cadre IAS officer, Anuraj Tiwari, now has Uttar Pradesh’s Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Suresh Kumar Khanna, alleging that Tiwari was about to expose scams worth thousands of crore rupees in the Karnataka government.

The Minister’s statement came right after Tiwari’s brother, Mayank told media persons on Thursday that Anurag had been facing a threat to his life from certain influential people in Karnataka, TOI reported.

On Friday, Karnataka BJP State President BS Yeddyurappa demanded a CBI probe into Anurag Tewari's death.

Tiwari’s family members are now demanding another autopsy to be conducted as the first one did not reveal the exact cause of death.

Representatives of the Karnataka government, IAS officers Abhiram Shankar and Pankaj Kumar Pandey, on Thursday, flew from Bengaluru to Lucknow to arrange for the second autopsy.

Tiwari’s family members are set to arrive in Lucknow on Saturday to share some importatnt details about the case, TOI report adds.

“A couple of months ago, Anurag told me to be careful as some Karmataka Minister was not happy with the way he worked. My brother was thinking of asking for a CBI probe into a scam he had come up on. He was facing pressure from politicians and his own department’s officials,” Tiwari’s brother, Mayank, told media persons.

Soon after Tiwari’s brother alleged political involvement in his brother’s death, the matter was brought up in the UP Assembly. 

When the opposition bench claimed that Tiwari was murdered, Minister Khanna said, “It is true that the officer was found dead yesterday but the government ensured the postmortem was conducted by a panel of four doctors, and since the exact cause of death could not be ascertained, the viscera has been preserved.”

Mayank’s statement has now  had the Lucknow police to form a Special Investigation Team to probe Tiwari’s death.

Meanwhile, the police are looking out for eye witnesses who had spotted Tiwari’s body way before 5.30 am, which was over 30 minutes before help arrived.

Lucknow police received a call at 6.10 am on Wednesday. A milkman had spotted who had spotted Tiwari and informed some hawkers on Meerabai Marg.

The police are also looking out for a biker, who had spotted Tiwari’s body and informed the Nahri Police outpost at around 5.45 am. Constable Harveer Yadav from the outpost then rushed to the spot, which was about 500 m away and took Tiwari to the Civil Hospital. Tiwari was declared broght dead.

Although, no case has been registered yet, the police have begun investigating the case under section 174 of CrPC.

A panel of four doctors had conducted the autopsy and the report states that Tiwari died of asphyxiation. However, the report did not mention what led to the sudden lack of oxygen.

Police have not yet recovered Tiwari’s cell phones. He used an Samsung S7 and an iPhone. His iPhone is yet to be traced and the police are trying to find out why Tiwari left his phone in the guest house. 

Investigators say that the pattern of injuries on Tiwari’s body is confusing, the TOI report adds.