Ailing IPS officer Himanshu Roy commits suicide

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 May 2018 08:33:10




SENIOR Maharashtra IPS officer Himanshu Roy, who was battling cancer, on Friday allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself at his residence here, police said. Mumbai police, citing his suicide note, said the 1988-batch Indian Police Service officer took the extreme step “out of frustration” due to his illness. He was cremated with full state honours late Friday. “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.

Often referred to as ‘Arnold Schwarzenegger’ of Mumbai Police, Roy is survived by his mother and wife. He would have been 55 next month. Roy, the Additional Director General of Police (Establishment), allegedly shot himself with a licensed revolver at his home in Nariman Point at 12.40 pm and was rushed to Bombay Hospital where he was declared dead at 1.40 pm, an official said. A suicide note found in the house quoted Roy as saying that he was taking his life because he was disgusted with cancer, which he had been battling for some time. Roy’s suicide shocked the police community. He was considered a fitness enthusiast and had been on leave since 2016, undergoing treatment for cancer. 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 is credited with being involved in the solving of a string of prominent cases, including the murders of journalist J Dey, fringe Bollywood actor Laila Khan and law graduate Pallavi Purkhayasta in Mumbai.He was also part of the team which pursued leads related to American-born Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist David Headley, who was involved in carrying out a recce mission ahead of the 26/11 terror strike.Roy, who was Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) from 2012-2014, is credited with leading the investigation into the IPL betting scandal.He was then transferred to the State ATS. During his tenure as the agency’s chief, software engineer Anees Ansari was arrested for allegedly planning to blow up the American school at the Bandra Kurla complex.

The Cuffe Parade police station in south Mumbai has registered a case of accidental death, police said, adding further investigation into the matter is underway.Meanwhile, Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis condoled Roy’s demise, describing him as a dedicated police officer.Maharashtra Congress President and former CM Ashok Chavan said Roy was an officer known for his bravery and integrity. Former Mumbai Police Commissioner M N Singh termed him a courageous and hardworking officer. “He was suffering from cancer but he was fighting it. It is very unfortunate that he had to end his life like this,” Singh told reporters after visiting Roy’s family to express his condolences. “Roy was a very enterprising, dashing and resourceful person,” former ACP Iqbal Sheikh said. “Very shocking that he has gone. Prima facie, it appears that he took the extreme steps due to his illness,” added a former colleague.