Himanshu Roy (1963-2018): Helmed many important cases, gave juniors free hand

Himanshu Roy Commits Suicide Mumbai's Top Cop Was Suffering From Cancer

He was rushed to the Bombay Hospital by family members and aides where he was declared dead.

When Sivanandhan was the Commissioner of Police, Mumbai, Roy was the joint commissioner of police.

A 1988-batch IPS officer, Roy was an officer of the rank of Additional Director General of Police and had been heading the Establishment wing of the Maharashtra Police, before he went on leave. He took a long leave on medical grounds, months later, an NDTV report mentions.

Roy is also credited with setting up Mumbai's first cyber crime cell, establishing a cell for crimes against women, and devising anti-dacoity measures for rural Maharashtra.

Himanshu Roy graduated from St. Xavier's College in Mumbai. Between 2004 and 2007 he was the Commissioner of Police in Nasik and In 2009, he was made the Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) of Mumbai. The possibility is that for this reason he took this step. During his tenure at the Crime Branch, Roy successfully investigated sensitive cases such as 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, Kamla Mill gang-rape case, IPL spot fixing case of 2013 and Minakshi Thapa murder case. While Himanshu has cracked countless cases due to his watertight investigation (See Story: 'Accused in case Roy supervised get lifer the day he ends life'), I'd like to mention the way he investigated the murder of journalist J Dey, and the Pallavi Purkayastha murder case.

Roy was regular at South Mumbai gymnasiums and his wife, Bhawna, used to regularly accompany him.

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".

Former Mumbai police chief Arup Patnaik said: "He was a fitness freak". Later, the cancer spread to his brain which led him to undergo a surgery.

Speaking after Roy's death, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis while making a statement on Friday said, "He was known as a daring officer and had held many important positions. With his demise we have lost a capable officer", he said at an event. A handwritten suicide note has indicated that the officer, who was battling cancer, had been depressed and killed himself out of "frustration" over his health.