"Ashish was pulled out of the pool and rushed to Fortis Hospital, where he was declared brought dead", the officer said.
Police said the victim, Ashish Dahiya, was partying with his friends at the pool, located inside the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) in south Delhi's Vasant Vihar. At some point, they reportedly chose to go for a swim in the institute's pool.
Governor N.N. Vohra and Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti expressed grief on the tragic death of Ashish Dahiya, an IAS officer. Soon, he was discovered, floating, following which he was pulled out and the station medical officer, Dr Pramyesh Basall, was called.
The guard said it were the students at the institute who took Dahiya to the hospital at around 1 a.m on Tuesday morning.
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He said that Ashish wanted to be an IAS officer and serve people.
Ashishs family, however, said that he was a good swimmer and raised doubts over the claim that he had died due to drowning.
Police said that whether he was in an inebriated state or not could only be ascertained after receiving the post-mortem report of Dahiya. He was a resident of Haryana's Sonipat. Meanwhile, a team of senior officers was reportedly present at the scene of the incident for the collection of evidence and recording to statements of the eyewitnesses. He attempted the UPSC exam and qualified for the Indian Revenue Service. A family member said he was to join his service in Srinagar on Wednesday as an assistant collector.
He served in the Customs and Central Excise till previous year and then qualified for the IAS. The family of the deceased has reached Delhi.
He is survivied by a wife who is a doctor by profession.