The officer’s family has asked for an investigation, saying that he was a good swimmer.
NEW DELHI:Ashish Dahiya, an IAS officer who drowned in a swimming pool while allegedly trying to save a woman friend on Monday night, was an ace swimmer who once swam across Bhakra Nangal dam in Himachal Pradesh, his family said.
The death of 30-year-old officer has spread like wildfire on the social media. Ashish remembered as one of the brightest trainee IAS of J&K cadre hailed from Sonepat in Haryana.
According to the preliminary reports, he was at a get-together party held at Indian Foreign Services Institute in Ber Sarai area of South Delhi, a club run by the Ministry of External Affairs when the mishap took place.
Ashish has won a gold medal during his training days and was to join services in J&K government the coming week. The Twitterati is flooded with questions related to Ashish Dahiya’s death and condolence messages.
Dahiya (30) was selected in the Indian Administrative Services in 2016. His training at the IAS Academy in Mussoorie concluded only a week ago.
A native of Sonepat in Haryana, Dahiya had earlier served as a DSP in Himachal Pradesh for over three years, however, he wanted to serve as an IAS officer. He attempted the UPSC exam and qualified for the Indian Revenue Service.
After a female officer accidentally fell into the pool, Ashish jumped into rescue along with other young officers. While the lady was pulled out of the swimming pool, Ashish Dahiya went missing. It was only after some time the party-goers discovered his floating body.
The influence of alcohol is also suspected as the police is probing the matter and recording statements from eyewitnesses.
The institute complex was off-limits to the media today as a team of senior police officers visited it to collect evidence like CCTV footage and record statements.