IAS officer drowns while saving female colleague in Delhi swimming pool

Ashish Dahiya

The 30-year-old IAS officer drowned while rescuing a lady colleague from drowning in the swimming pool of the Foreign Service Institute in Ber Sarai here early today. Attempts were made to administer CPR to the deceased and he was rushed to Fortis Hospital, where he was declared brought dead at 12.50 am, Additional DCP south, Chinmoy Biswal said.

The police said Dahiya along with some friends from the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) had organised the poolside party at the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) on Monday night. Dr Bansal also informed reporters that the people present at the party had consumed alcohol.

Police said that statements of eye witnesses reveal that while swimming, a lady officer probably had an accidental slip into the pool and many young officers, including the deceased, attempted rescuing her.

"The lady officer was safely pulled out but Dahiya went missing. No external injury has been found on his body", said Singh.

He was taken to a hospital where he died.

Dahiya had come here from Sonepat on Monday evening to meet his friend Abhimanyu Gahlaut at the institute, a family member said.

Dahiya (30) was selected in the Indian Administrative Services in 2016.

Ishwar Singh, Deputy Commissioner of Police (South), said, "Prima facie, the team that carried out the post-mortem has said that the death was due to drowning and there were no injuries on the body". He again appeared for the UPSC with better rank and joined as an IAS officer. He was married for a year-and-a-half to his doctor (MBBS) wife Pragya Dahiya, who is also preparing for civil services.

Mr. Surender added that it was only two weeks ago that Mr. Dahiya had received a gold medal for his performance in training at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie.

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