He said his son was an experienced swimmer and that he couldn't drown in a swimming pool. They made a decision to go for a swim in the pool.
Eyewitnesses claimed that a lady officer probably had an accidental slip into the pool while swimming and many young officers, including the deceased, attempted to rescue her. A medical officer was called to the site to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation procedure. He was married for a year-and-a-half to his doctor (MBBS) wife Pragya Dahiya, who is also preparing for civil services.
The woman was pulled out safely, but people noticed Dahiya was missing.
Ishwar Singh, Deputy Commissioner of Police (South), said, "Prima facie, the team that carried out the post-mortem has said that the death was due to drowning and there were no injuries on the body".
A resident of Sonipat, Haryana, Dahiya had earlier worked with Bharat Petroleum, Himachal Pardesh Police and Indian Revenue Service before cracking IAS. Police suspect that he had consumed alcohol.
Police said Dahiya had come to Delhi a month ago to complete his training and was staying at his friend's place in South Delhi. Later, he was found unconscious floating in the pool.
Kuldeep Singh, deceased's uncle, said, "Ashish informed family members that as they (all officers) will be joining their respective cadre by this week, so they chose to hold get-together party".
Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti has condoled the tragic death of Ashish Dahiya, an IAS officer of 2016 batch of J&K cadre, who was to report here tomorrow.
The dead body has been shifted to AIIMS for conduct of Post Mortem Examination.