MUMBAI — Maharashtra's Additional Director General of Police Himanshu Roy, credited with directing investigations into several sensational crimes and high-profile cases, committed suicide here May 11 afternoon.
Often referred to as the Arnold Schwarzenegger of the Mumbai Police, the 54-year-old Roy shot himself in the mouth with his service revolver at his house in Suniti Apartments at Nariman Point shortly after 1:00 p.m., a police statement said.
His family members and aides rushed him to Bombay Hospital where he was declared dead.
A suicide note found in the house quoted Roy as saying 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.
A 'Mumbai boy,' Roy studied at the prestigious St. Xavier's College and became a chartered accountant. He cleared the Union Public Service Commission exams and become an Indian Police Service officer, graduating with the1988 batch.
During his preparations for the UPSC exams in Mumbai, he met his future wife Bhawna, who subsequently became an Indian Administrative Service officer. She eventually quit the civil services to devote herself to social work with NGOs in Maharashtra.
A regular gym trainer and fitness enthusiast, Roy would animatedly discuss healthy lifestyle choices, his fitness regime, diets and related issues with policemen and journalists.
He was popular among his juniors and would regularly guide them on the finer aspects of investigations, linking evidence with criminals and presenting a winning case in court.
Roy began his police career as Superintendent of Police (Rural) in Nashik and Ahmednagar. Later, he headed the Economic Offenses wing in Mumbai, was Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) and also headed the Cyber Crime Cell.
As former Joint Police Commissioner (Crime) and chief of the Anti-terrorist Squad, Roy was credited with directing the investigations into several sensational crimes, including the murder of journalist J. Dey. He also directed the probe into the 2013 IPL match fixing and betting scams, which included several top cricketers and Bollywood actor Vindu Dara Singh among the accused.
He was instrumental in solving the brutal murder of lawyer Pallavi Puryakayastha – daughter of an IAS couple at the Center – at her Mumbai home in August 2012.
In 2012, he was among the officers handpicked by then Home Minister R.R. Patil to oversee the transfer of Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab, who was found guilty in the Mumbai terror attack, from Mumbai to Pune.
Again that year, he cracked the sensational killing of missing Bollywood starlet Laila Khan, who was murdered with five family members at an isolated country house in Nashik.
Roy oversaw the investigation into the August 2013 gang-rape of a woman photo-journalist inside the desolate Shakti Mills Compound in central Mumbai, which culminated in death sentence for three of the accused.