Food and Civil Supplies Commissioner Anurag Tiwari's mysterious death in Lucknow on Wednesday has shocked the state government. He was 36.

The young IAS officer was found dead near the Meerabi Guest House at Hazratganj in Lucknow on Wednesday morning. It is said that Tiwari had gone for an official training at Madhya Pradesh and from there he had gone on leave. It is said that Tiwari was staying with his other IAS officers who too had attended training at the guest house. On Wednesday morning, he stepped out of the guest house to take a stroll in the morning. But, he was found dead by his colleagues, later, reports Suvarna News. It is not yet clear whether Tiwari died of natural causes or was there any other reason for his death.

Food and Civil Supplies Minister UT Khader told Suvarna News that the officer is said to have died of heart attack, but he refused to confirm it.  A team from the state has rushed to Lucknow to know more details, he added. Tiwari, a 2007 batch Karnataka cadre IAS officer, is known as the honest and efficient officer among his circle.

Expressing shock over his death, his colleague and close friend Prasanna, Karwar in-charge deputy commissioner said Tiwari was an efficient officer.  "He was never rude with his junior officers." Prasanna hinted that Tiwari had personal issues but he never brought them to work. A native of Uttar Pradesh, Tiwari was a B Tech graduate from Lucknow University. His parents were staying in Lucknow and he would frequently visit them.

During his stint as Bidar deputy commissioner, he had initiated desilting works in various lakes. Tiwari had served as assistant commissioner in Madhugiri (2009), Tumakuru Municipal Council Tumakuru (2011), Tumakuru deputy commissioner (2013), Bidar deputy commissioner (2013), Kodagu deputy commissioner (2014) and commissioner of food and civil supplies (2017).