One of Mumbai police force’s most decorated officers, Himanshu Roy (54), ended his life on 11 May 2018 after a long battle with cancer. Former Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) Chief Himanshu Roy committed suicide. Roy, who was suffering from cancer, ended his life he was unable to deal with the ailment pain. Probing Roy’s death, the Mumbai Police found the suicide note from his residence in which the former top cop mentioned that he was unable to bear the pain due to cancer and no one is responsible for his death. As per reports, the former ATS Chief shot himself using a gun at his house. The ex-ATS Chief was an IPS officer of Maharashtra Cadre of 1988 batch.
He served as Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone I, Mumbai), then Commissioner of Police (Nashik) from 2004 to 2008, after which he was transferred back to Mumbai. He served the rest of his career in the city, as Additional Commissioner of Police (South Region), Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order), Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), Inspector General (Police Housing Board) and Additional Director General of Police, Maharashta Anti-Terrorism Squad.
As head of the Crime Branch, the most high-profile case Roy handled was the Indian Premier League betting scandal, investigated jointly in Delhi and Mumbai in 2013. Several prominent players were arrested during the course of the investigation, including actor Vindoo Dara Singh and Chennai Super Kings owner Gurunath Meiyappan.
Who was Himanshu Roy: 7 lesser known facts about former Maharashtra ATS chief
- Himanshu was a 1988-batch Indian Police Service officer. He was suffering from cancer and would have been 55 next month.
- He was considered a fitness enthusiast and had been on leave since 2016, undergoing treatment for cancer.
- Himanshu had served at several top posts of the Maharashtra Police, including as chief of the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) and in the Crime Branch.
- He had solved several sensational 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.
- The officer is credited with leading the investigation into the IPL betting scandal. He was also responsible for the arrest of Vindu Dara Singh for alleged links to bookies in spot-fixing. During his tenure as the ATS chief, software engineer Anees Ansari was arrested for allegedly planning to blow up the American school at the Bandra Kurla complex.
Other things to know about him
Roy, who had seven years of service left, is also credited with setting up Mumbai’s first Cyber Crime Cell, devising effective anti-dacoity measures in rural Maharashtra and establishing a special cell to deal with crimes related to women. His last major case was the 2013 Indian Premier League spot-fixing case and he was responsible for arrest of Vindu Dara Singh for alleged links to bookies in this spot fixing.
Roy did his schooling from Campion School in Fort Mumbai and college from St Xavier’s. His father was a well-known doctor from Colaba. The only child, Roy had briefly taken up a CA’s job only to leave it 2 years later and focus on IPS.
He met Bhavna, his future wife, and author Amish Tripathi’s sister, at the Mazgaon examination hall in 1990. She was also appearing for her IAS exam. In a career spanning over 15 years, Roy has handled sensitive cases like the post-Babri Masjid demolition riots, Khairlanji.
Over six feet tall, Roy always stood out. He is credited with setting up Mumbai’s first Cyber Crime Cell, anti-dacoity measures in rural Maharashtra and the women’s cell.
A few of the cases handled by the top cop are as follows:
- A) The case of firing on Dawood Ibrahim‘s brother Iqbal Kaskar’s driver Arif Bael.
- B) The murder case of journalist J Dey
- C) The double murder case involving Vijay Palande
- D) Laila Khan murder case
- E) The recent murder of law graduate Pallavi
- F) Mr Roy handled major cases like 26/11
Paying tribute to the former top cop, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, “He was known as a daring officer and had held many important positions. With his demise we have lost a capable officer.”
The loss of Supercop Himanshu Roy is a shock for India.