Tragic day - Himanshu Roy, one of Maharashtra police's best officers, shoots himself

12 May, 2018, 09:04 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Former Maharashtra ATS chief Himanshu Roy allegedly commits suicide

His body was taken to the GT Hospital for post-mortem.

One of the police officers stationed outside his residence said, "I had interacted with him once in 2012, and he was very cordial with me". He was the Indian Police Services (IPS) officer of 1988 batche.

"Roy was on medical leave for the last two years as he had cancer and the suicide note, in his own handwriting makes it clear that he ended his life out of frustration due to this illness", a police statement said.

Himanshu's grit - and that's why I find it hard to believe he killed himself - was such that he found it necessary to proceed on leave because of cancer only two years ago, although he was diagnosed with the disease a year earlier. Once back in the Maharashtra capital, he took the city by storm when he assumed command of the elite crime branch in 2009.

He had led the investigations into the 2013 Indian Premier League spot-fixing case. Roy also investigated and cracked cases such as the firing on Arif, driver of Dawood Ibrahim's brother Iqbal Kaskar and the double murder involving Vijay Palande and law graduate Pallavi Purkayastha as well as the sensational Khairlanji murder case. During private conversations, he would speak of fitness, his regime, diet and supplements.


Roy lived with his family in South Mumbai, and the incident occurred at 1:40 in the afternoon on Friday. Soon, mediapersons and people known to Roy had thronged the gates of his building. Milind Deora, former MP, tweeted "Shocked to learn about Himanshu Roy's untimely passing". He was very sharp. Only recently, I messaged him to enquire about his health. "May his soul rest in peace", former MP and Congress leader Milind Deora tweeted.

A "Bombay" boy, Roy was an ex-student of Campion and St Xavier's College, Mumbai.

The special public prosecutors who worked with Roy in prominent cases such as the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack fondly remembered him. Roy was serving as Additional Director General of Police (ADGP).

"He was a very bright officer". He said that it was a shocking end to a brilliant officer. "I am shaken by this bad news", a devastated Sivanandhan told Firstpost. "The authorities should think about this seriously". Former ATS chief Himanshu Roy was suffering from cancer. "His demise is a great loss for the State police force", Rao said.

As a young officer too, Roy handled several significant posts.

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