IAS officer drowns while trying to save female colleague in Delhi

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In his condolence message, Vohra expressed grief on the tragic death of Dahiya, an IAS officer of the 2016 batch of J&K cadre, who was to report at the State Institute of Training tomorrow. Dahiya's uncle, two elder brothers Surender and Ashok Dahiya both engineers and his parents, who reside in Sonipat, Haryana, were informed about the incident. He was later found floating in the pool.

According to reports, the party goers made a decision to go for a swim in the pool at the club run by the Ministry of External Affairs in the late evening hours of Monday. 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.

His peers, alma mater and family said that his death is a loss, not only for the family, but also for the country.

A medical officer was called and there were attempts at reviving him with CPR before he was taken to hospital, where he was declared dead around 1 am.

"Many young officers, including Dahiya, attempted to rescue her", a police official said.

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

As the lady officer was safely pulled out, it was noticed that Ashish was missing.

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.

Prior to becoming as IAS officer, Dahiya worked as a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) with the Himachal Police for over three years thereafter he reappeared for UPSC and joined as an assistant commissioner in the India Revenue Services (Customs and Central Excise) in Hyderabad. He inspired his wife Pragya, an MBBS, to take the exam too. His family has reached Delhi.

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