An Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer on Tuesday drowned in the swimming pool of Foreign Club Institute in south Delhi’s Ber Sarai while trying to save a female officer from drowning. Police said he was rushed to Fortis Hospital where he was declared brought dead and they are investigating the case. The deceased has been identified as Ashish Dahiya. He was a resident of Haryana’s Sonipat.
Spot enquiries revealed that Dahiya along with his friends from Indian Foreign Service and Indian Revenue Service, had gathered for a poolside party at the institute on Monday night. According to police, they had consumed alcohol.
Ashish’s body has been sent to AIIMS for a post-mortem examination and his family have reached Delhi.
“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 to rescue her. As the lady 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 was quoted as saying.
Biswal said, “Dahiya was pulled out and the station medical officer, Dr Pramyesh Basall was called. 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. A team of senior officers is on the spot to collect evidence and to record statements of relevant persons in furtherance of investigation into this tragic episode.”
DCP Ishwar Singh said, “Prima facie, it looks like a case of death due to drowning. We are getting a medical board to do the post-mortem .We can’t comment on foul play till the post-mortem examination is done. He was part of a get together. We got a call at 12.50 am and got details from people who were there.”