The suspicion that young IAS officer Anurag Tewari could have been murdered is gaining ground as the post mortem report has now confirmed that the IAS officer was assaulted and tortured before his death. This clearly refutes the theory of Lucknow police who had been - all this while - claimed that he died of natural causes.

The post mortem report has confirmed the presence of injuries like abrasions and contusions on his face and body, television channels reported. The PM report also mentions that he was manhandled and assaulted before being asphyxiated.

Anurag Tewari, Commissioner of Food and Civil Supplies Department, was found dead at Hazratganj in Uttar Pradesh by the side of the road, last week.

Earlier, postmortem report had claimed the asphyxiation as the cause of his death but did not mention how. This had generated lot of curiosity over the mysterious death of the IAS officer putting the spotlight on Siddaramaiah government again. Earlier, IAS officer DK Ravi and DySP MK Ganapathy too had found dead, mysteriously.

Suspecting foul play, family members of Tewari had approached UP CM Yogi Adityanath and sought for a CBI inquiry. They had also stated that Tewari was to unearth a major scam in the department and that could have been the reason behind his death. On Tuesday, Anurag's brother Mayank called up Minister for Food and Civil Supplies UT Khader and requested justice for his brother.

Meanwhile, there were allegations that he was the victim of "corrupt IAS officers" in the state. Former bureaucrat MN Vijaykumar had alleged that "corrupt IAS officers" prevent junior officers from unearthing any scam. Since Anurag was also set to expose a major scam in the department, Vijaykumar suspected that he could have been the victim of corrupt system.