A 30-year-old officer of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) drowned while trying to rescue a female colleague in a swimming pool at the Foreign Service Institute at Ber Sarai in New Delhi on Tuesday morning.
The police were quoted by the Press Trust of India (PTI) as saying that they received information about a man drowning in the swimming pool of the institute, following which he was rushed to Fortis Hospital where doctors declared that he was brought dead.
Ashish Dahiya, the deceased IAS officer, was at the institute to attend a pool-side party with friends from the Indian foreign and revenue services when the incident happened. They decided to go for a swim in the pool. The police also suspect they consumed alcohol.
Eyewitnesses told the police that a female officer fell into the pool accidentally, forcing officers, including Dahiya, to jump into the pool to save her from drowning. They managed to save the female officer but then noticed that Dahiya was missing. He was later found floating in the pool.
"The reason of death is drowning. I have requested that post-mortem be conducted by a team of doctors," Ishwar Singh, DCP South Delhi, told reporters.
Dahiya hailed from Sonipat in Haryana. His family has reached Delhi.