IAS officer Ashish Dahiya drowns in pool at Foreign Service Institute

Dahiya, 30, was set to be posted in Srinagar soon; Police ruled out foul play and said the death appeared accidental.

Written by Alok Singh | New Delhi | Published:May 31, 2017 3:29 am
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A 2016 batch IAS officer, who came 53rd in UPSC’s all-India ranking, drowned in a swimming pool late Monday night. 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. Police said Dahiya’s batchmates, including IAS, IRS and IFS officers, were having a get-together after a convocation ceremony at South Block. Dahiya was set to be posted in Srinagar soon. Police ruled out foul play and said the death appeared accidental.

Dahiya’s family, however, hinted at foul play, saying he was a swimmer and couldn’t have drowned. DCP (south) Ishwar Singh told The Indian Express that prima facie, the cause of death appears to be drowning. “But we have preserved the viscera to ascertain the exact cause of death. No external injury has been found on his body,” said Singh. Polices sources said Dahiya and his batchmates had been invited for a get-together at the FSI hostel. Sources said around 25-30 officers attended the party. Dahiya, who hails from Haryana’s Sonipat, had attended a convocation before coming to the party, sources said.

Police said the swimming pool is surrounded by hostel rooms and is about six to eight feet deep. Sources said that around midnight, about 10 people who were left at the party decided to enter the pool. Police said two versions emerged after speaking to eyewitnesses: One, that Dahiya and a woman appeared to be drowning and others jumped in to rescue them; and two, that Dahiya jumped into the pool to rescue the woman.

Eyewitnesses told police that they lost sight of Dahiya, and his body floated up to the surface moments later. He was rushed to Fortis Hospital by some of the officers, where doctors declared him brought dead. Police were then called to the spot, following which the family was informed. Dahiya’s wife Pragya Dixit, who lives in Mukherjee Nagar, has an MBBS degree and is preparing for the UPSC exam on June 15. They married two-and-a-half years ago. Dahiya was the youngest of three brothers. Both his brothers are engineers, while his father is a retired employee of the Haryana agriculture department. His mother is a government school teacher.

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    Parth Garg
    May 31, 2017 at 4:31 pm
    He was earlier selected for IPS. While he was under training at National Police Academy he was selected for IAS. In his farewell party, again at a poolside, there was a similar mishap where an IPS OT was drowned.
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      vijay
      May 31, 2017 at 3:19 pm
      it is very sad to see a promising life got wasted.There was a party, naturally few drinks would have been imbibed. Then suddenly a damsel fell in the swimming pool. All the young men jumped in to the pool to save the damsel in distress. unfortunately This victim committed the major mistake of getting in to water after a few drinks under his belt. t does not matter how fit or how much of a good swimmer one is, once you are in the water after a few drinks you will not be able to keep your head over water. Not even if you are an olympic swimmer. Hope the authorities will have an education programme on safe drinking and driving and swimming
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        axeman
        May 31, 2017 at 12:09 pm
        How can an IAS wear an IPS officer's uniform ? Kuch bhi chaap dete ho
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          naresh
          May 31, 2017 at 9:08 am
          My heary condolences to the family before hand. Maybe he had a digestion interruption when he entered the pool as after food it is not advisable as digestion is in process hence the corporsl digestion temprature . ternal heat.. agaisnt the colder water might have caused the interruption of the digestive apparatus..one should have a 3 hrs gap between the food and the swim.
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            rishit
            May 31, 2017 at 8:50 am
            Has alcohol consumption been ruled out in this case? People have come to believe that enjoyment only comes if drinks are taken.I am quite sure they were drunk which may have taken its toll on the young man.
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              naresh
              May 31, 2017 at 9:12 am
              With or without booze, the food needs a 3 hr process to digest fully, one can swim with booze in the tummy but food elements needs time to digest, check before poinying booze as a conclusion.
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                naresh
                May 31, 2017 at 9:13 am
                Pointing..typo
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                  vijay
                  May 31, 2017 at 3:32 pm
                  a I am sorry ,Naresh. you can swim with a full stomach but the alcohol affects balance depth perception and host of other things. The amount of alcohol is not important . If you drink and get in to water you are committing suicide. Even if you are very strong and very fit alcohol has this effect where you will not able to keep your head over water. Hope you will read up on this topic.
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