Delhi: IAS officer found dead in swimming pool in Ber Sarai club

A 30-year-old rookie IAS officer drowned allegedly while rescuing a woman colleague who had accidentally fallen into a swimming pool at the Foreign Service Institute in Ber Sarai here today.

Ashish Dahiya was rushed to the Fortis Hospital, where he was declared brought dead.

Police said the victim, Ashish Dahiya, was partying with his friends at the pool, located inside the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) in south Delhi's Vasant Vihar.

According to reports, the party goers chose to go for a swim in the pool at the club run by the Ministry of External Affairs in the late evening hours of Monday.

Police are waiting for the report to ascertain whether the young officer had consumed excess alcohol or any drugs.

Witnesses say a woman officer slipped and fell into the pool and many, including Mr Dahiya, jumped in to save her.

"The lady officer was safely pulled out but Ashish went missing..." He was then found floating in the water soon after.

The guard said it were the students at the institute who took Dahiya to the hospital at around 1 a.m on Tuesday morning.

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Before clearing IAS examination, Dahiya was serving as the Deputy Superintendent of Police in Himachal Pradesh.

AshishDahiya, a 2016 Batch J&K Cadre IAS officer passed away Monday evening at Delhi. Polices sources said Dahiya and his batchmates had been invited for a get-together at the FSI hostel.

Dahiya's family reached Delhi this afternoon and hinted at foul play.

Police has started an investigation into the incident. He attempted the UPSC exam and qualified for the Indian Revenue Service.

He had finished his training from Mussoorie recently and was supposed to join duty in Srinagar.

Police officers had earlier mistakenly described the dead man as a trainee IAS officer.

He is survivied by a wife who is a doctor by profession.

He had also won the director's gold medal a fortnight ago during his training.

  • Myrtle Hill