IAS officer who drowned in swimming pool was a good swimmer, claims family

Dahiya (30) who had finished his training at the IAS Academy in Mussoorie a week ago was picked for the Indian Administrative Services in 2016 and was to join in Srinagar as an assitant collector from June 1.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:May 30, 2017 3:56 pm
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IAS trainee Ashish Dahiya, who drowned in a swimming pool in south Delhi’s Ber Sarai last night while apparently trying to save his colleague, was an ace swimmer and had once swam across Bhakra Nangal dam in Himachal Pradesh, his family has told the Hindustan Times. Given his swimming prowess, Dahiya’s family, it is learnt, has sought for an investigation into his death.

Dahiya (30) who had finished his training at the IAS Academy in Mussoorie a week ago was picked for the Indian Administrative Services in 2016 and was to join in Srinagar as an assistant collector from June 1. He was serving as the assistant commissioner with the Customs and Central Excise before appearing in the UPSC exams for the second time last year when he qualified for the Indian Administrative Service. In an earlier attempt, he had also qualified for the Indian Revenue Service.

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Enquiries revealed that Dahiya along with his friends from civil services had gathered for a poolside party at the Foreign Club Institute on Monday night. According to police, they had consumed alcohol.

“Statements of eyewitnesses reveal that while swimming, a woman officer probably had an accidental slip into the pool and many young officers, including the deceased, attempted to rescue her. As the woman officer was safely pulled out, it was noticed that Ashish was missing. Soon after, his body  was discovered floating in the pool”,  Additional DCP (South), Chinmoy Biswal told The Indian Express. Police said Dahiya was rushed to Fortis Hospital where he was declared brought dead.

Although his uncle Kuldeep found it difficult to believe that Dahiya could have died due to drowning, DCP (South) Ishwar Singh eliminated the possibility of foul play citing the medical reports which show drowning as the cause of death, HT report said.

Ashish’s body has been sent to AIIMS for a post-mortem examination and his family have reached Delhi from Haryana’s Sonipat.

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    janbhoomi
    May 31, 2017 at 6:10 pm
    Lucknow court charged LK Advani, MM Joshi and Uma Bharti with conspiracy Yogi Adityanath greeted senior BJP leaders as they arrived in Lucknow Yogi Adityanath has been considered a Hindutva symbol of BJP for years Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who arrived in Ayodhya this morning, offered prayers at the makeshift Ram temple at the disputed Ram Janmbhoomi - Babri Masjid site for nearly 10 min. The Chief Minister's Ayodhya visit, his first after taking charge, comes just a day after senior BJP leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and union Minister Uma Bharti were charged by a Lucknow court with conspiracy to demolish the 16th century Babri mosque in 1992. Yogi Adityanath was waiting with flowers to greet the BJP veterans as they arrived at a Lucknow guest house on Tuesady morning and held a meeting with them before they left to appear before court. The BJP, which now rules both at the Centre and in UP after its massive sweep of the embly election
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      satyayogi
      May 31, 2017 at 6:04 pm
      Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath offered prayers at the makeshift Ram temple here on his first visit to the town after taking charge. The visit umes significance as it comes a day after criminal conspiracy charges were framed against top BJP leaders in the Babri mosque demolition case. The UP chief minister, who arrived here this morning, spent around 30 minutes at the makeshift temple in the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid complex. He later offered payers on the banks of the Saryu River. Adityanath began his visit by offering prayers at the garhi Temple in Ayodhya. He was accompanied by Dharam Das, against whom conspiracy charges were framed yesterday along with the other BJP leaders. A special CBI court in Lucknow had yesterday framed charges against BJP veterans L K Advani, M M Joshi, Union minister Uma Bharti and nine others in the 1992 Babri mosque demolition case.
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        satyayogi
        May 31, 2017 at 6:01 pm
        Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath offered prayers at the makeshift Ram temple here on his first visit to the town after taking charge. The visit umes significance as it comes a day after criminal conspiracy charges were framed against top BJP leaders in the Babri mosque demolition case. The UP chief minister, who arrived here this morning, spent around 30 minutes at the makeshift temple in the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid complex. He later offered payers on the banks of the Saryu River. Adityanath began his visit by offering prayers at the garhi Temple in Ayodhya. He was accompanied by Dharam Das, against whom conspiracy charges were framed yesterday along with the other BJP leaders. A special CBI court in Lucknow had yesterday framed charges against BJP veterans L K Advani, M M Joshi, Union minister Uma Bharti and nine others in the 1992 Babri mosque demolition case.
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          ghanshyam
          May 31, 2017 at 5:26 pm
          heartfelt condolences to the family. may god give them all the strength at this hour.
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            dhiman
            May 31, 2017 at 5:11 pm
            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. Read on this topic people.
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              dhiman
              May 31, 2017 at 5:09 pm
              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. Read on this topic people.
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                gadot786
                May 31, 2017 at 4:59 pm
                jitni sambhal sake utni hi piyo bhai. And how is being an 'ace swimmer' got anything to do with this? Its simple maths bro! Accidents happen. Alcohol plus pool plus swimming, this is wat happens. They should ban alcohol in this country. No booze, no accidents.
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                  raja
                  May 31, 2017 at 5:22 pm
                  haan bhai, sab kuch ban kar do ab
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                  devendra
                  May 31, 2017 at 4:43 pm
                  There was a party, naturally few drinks would have been there. the major mistake is to keep alcohol and swimming pool together. its a dangerous combination in itself. there is a reason why they say do not drink and drive or swim for that matter.... it 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. and then even if you are an olympic swimmer with a army gold medals under your belt you just cant keep your head up. the authorities must have an education programme on safe drinking and driving and swimming for all the officers coming in the services.
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                    raja
                    May 31, 2017 at 5:21 pm
                    that is so true my friend!
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