Himanshu Roy, Maharashtra cadre Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, allegedly committed suicide in his south Mumbai residence on Friday afternoon.
Senior Mumbai police officers confirmed that Mr. Roy (54), who was on sick leave, shot himself through his mouth with his service weapon around 1 p.m. in Suniti Apartments. He was taken to the Bombay Hospital with a bullet injury and doctors declared him ”brought dead” at 1.47 p.m.
He was an IPS officer of Maharashtra Cadre of 1988 batch and alumnus of St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. The officer had served in elite groups of the Maharashtra police, including as chief of the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) and in the Crime Branch. Roy was considered a fitness enthusiast.
Himanshu Roy solved so many high profile case in his career.
1. He arrested software engineer Anees Ansari in case of planning to blow up the American school at the Bandra Kurla Complex.
2. In IPL spot-fixing which is one major case, he arrested Vindu Dhara Singh.
3. He played important role in the murder case like journalist J. Dey case, the double murder case of Vijay Palinode, firing on Iqbal Kaskar’s (Dawood’s brother) driver Arif Bael and the recent murder case of Pahlavi Purkhayasta.
4. Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab was sentenced to life imprisonment during Roy’s tenure as Mumbai crime branch chief.
His death has given a whole country a tragic blow. Peoples sending the condolence to their family throght social media. Not only politician, people from all fraternity sending their condolences through social media
Here are some tweets,
Devendra Fadanvis tweets,
— CMO Maharashtra (@CMOMaharashtra) May 11, 2018
Dr. Jitendra awhad tweeted,’’
— Dr.Jitendra Awhad (@Awhadspeaks) May 11, 2018
Milind Deora, former MP, tweeted,
Shocked to learn about Himanshu Roy’s untimely passing. I would jokingly call him ‘Hercules Roy’ because of his overawing athletic build. Only recently, I messaged him to enquire about his health. He was a capable IPS officer & will be missed. May his soul rest in peace
— Milind Deora (@milinddeora) May 11, 2018
Official account of IPC Association tweets,’’
Request @CMOfficeUP to withdraw the order requiring approval of DMs before posting SHOs. Order is in conflict with law laid down by Hon’ble Supreme Court and High Court. It displays distrust in the police leadership and will demoralise SPs. @PMOIndia@HMOIndia
— IPS Association (@IPS_Association) May 10, 2018
Not only piliticians, Bollywood actor also sent their condolence through social media,
Author Akash Banerjee tweeted,
This is just so so sad & upsetting.
Had met #HimanshuRoy post 26/11 while reporting with @sahiljoshii
Still remember his firm handshake and towering figure.
He was a ‘Supercop’ in every sense of the word..
How unfairly life and colleagues treat you…?? https://t.co/eLsohmQAFT
— Akash Banerjee (@akashbanerjee) May 11, 2018
Ashoke pandit tweeted,
#HimanshuRoy you were the #Dabang of @MumbaiPolice… the news of your suicide is heart breaking. U gave strength and confidence to the city of #Mumbai in your lifetime. Mumbai will miss you forever…may you find peace in your second innings and be the Dabang that u always were.
— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) May 11, 2018
Neil Nitin Mukesh tweeted,
Extremely sad to hear about Former ATS chief #HimanshuRoy Knew him really well ever since I was a child. He Was very close to our family. Such a brave man he was. This news is shocking and extremely sad. My condolences to the family. ??????
— Neil Nitin Mukesh (@NeilNMukesh) May 11, 2018
Farhan akhthar tweeted,
Saddened to hear of #HimanshuRoy committing suicide. Deepest condolences to his family and all his colleagues in the Police department.
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) May 11, 2018
Ritesh deshmukh tweeted,
— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) May 11, 2018
Former police commissioner of Mumbai, Arup Patnaik, rued that he is shocked by the turn of events. “This was completely unexpected. I found him very sharp, very polished, very sophisticated. He was a fitness freak. He was very mature and cool-headed,” he said.
Patnaik further added, “Roy had been suffering from cancer for the past three years. It was detected quite late when he noticed a swelling on his body. The cancer had spread to his bones. To his credit, he continued to work even then and only took leave in the past two years. I was in touch with him and, in fact, he had asked me three months ago for a reference to get an expert opinion. I had referred him to a doctor and it was then after check-ups it was found that the cancer had spread to his brain. The option was to go in for surgery, but I think Roy knew there wasn’t much hope for him. That must be why I think he shot himself. This is my hunch. Of course, a police investigation will reveal the details as it was an unnatural death.”