Anurag Tiwari, an IAS officer with the Karnataka cadre was found dead in Lucknow on Wednesday.
According to ANI reports, officials found 36-year-old's body on the road side on Wednesday morning, near a guest house he had been staying in, in Hazratganj.
While his body has been sent for postmortem to ascertain the cause of death, a preliminary examination revealed an injury on his chin.
He had left Karnataka in March for training, which was to get over on May 10. However, he had taken 10 days of personal leave and stayed in Lucknow.
Anurag was reportedly an officer from the 2007 batch of the Karnataka cadre. He hailed from Bahraich in Uttar Pradesh.
While the cause of death remains unknown as of now, TV reports say that authorities are not ruling out unnatural death. UT Khader, Food and Civil Supplies Minister of Karnataka however, said that his death could also have been a result of a heart attack.
A team has left from Karnataka has left to Lucknow to aid in investigations around Anuragâ€™s death.