IAS trainee who drowned saving woman colleague had received gold medal in pass-out training
Belonging to Haryana’s Sonepat, Dahiya was a 2016 batch IAS officer who was allotted the Jammu and Kashmir cadre. He had secured 53rd rank in the UPSC exam.india Updated: May 30, 2017 17:26 IST
IAS trainee Ashish Dahiya (30), who drowned while saving a woman colleague at the swimming pool of Foreign Club Institute in South Delhi’s Ber Sarai on Sunday night, had received Director’s Gold Medal in the pass-out training.
Belonging to Haryana’s Sonepat, Dahiya was a 2016 batch IAS officer who was allotted the Jammu and Kashmir cadre. He had secured 53rd rank in the UPSC exam. A family member said he was to join his service in Srinagar on Wednesday as an assistant collector.
“Since their batch was separating and everyone was to join services in their respective cadres, they decided to hold a get-together party. We were informed that he died after water entered his lungs,” a family member said.
Prior to becoming an IAS officer, Dahiya was working as an assistant commissioner in the Indian Revenue Services (Customs and Central Excise) in Hyderabad.
Ashish had studied engineering from National Institute of Technology (NIT), Kurukshetra. He is survived by his wife Pragya, who was preparing for IAS service as well. A family member said he was helping his wife clear the exam.
The police suspect officers might have consumed alcohol while partying on Sunday night. Eyewitnesses have told that a woman trainee slipped into the pool after which many officers, including Dahiya, jumped in to save her. While she was pulled out, Dahiya’s body was found floating on the surface.