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  • Roy, 54, was an IPS officer from the 1988 batch
  • Was currently the Additional DGP (Establishment)
  • Was Maharashtra ATS Chief in 2013, Crime Branch Chief in 2014
  • Diagnosed with Renal Cancer in 2000, it relapsed in 2016
  • Shot himself in the mouth with his licenced private revolver

In a news that shocked the entire police department, Maharashtra’s high profile cop Himanshu Roy, who was battling from cancer, shot himself at his residence on Friday afternoon. Roy, 54, was already diagnosed with Renal Cancer in 2000. The cancer resurfaced in 2016 while he was posted as Additional Director General of Police (Establishment). He was on sick leave since then.

Himanshu Roy was an Indian Police Service (IPS) Officer of the 1988 batch. He was first posted as the Additional Superintendent of Police of Malegaon, Nashik in 1991. During the infamous Malegaon Blast of 2008, Roy was the Police Commissioner of Nashik.

Since 2016, when his cancer resurfaced, he was on medical leaves. That fateful day, his family was preparing for lunch when Roy took the extreme step. He was immediately rushed to the Bombay Hospital by his wife and domestic staff where he was declared brought dead.

As a Cop – Himanshu Roy, IPS

Roy held a series of significant, high profile posts during his tenure. He led many crucial investigations successfully. This included the IPL betting scam, J Dey murder case, Pallavi Purkayastha murder case, the Shakti Mills Gangrape case etc.

Along with Rakesh Maria, the ATS chief during 2014, Himanshu Roy was the first officer of the Police Department to be given Z+ security.

His colleagues recall him as a fitness freak, a sharp, energetic officer. Among all the responsibilities he held during his tenure in the department, the most notable and successful stint was when he was made the Crime Branch Chief in 2014.

Himanshu Roy was an alumnus of the St. Xavier’s College. Later he qualified as a Chartered Accountant, something that always helped him during his investigations of economic offences.

He shot himself in the mouth at about 1.40 PM on Friday. Roy left a handwritten note where he wrote that he was depressed due to the prolonged illness and that nobody should be held responsible for his action. He was cremated at the Chandanwadi crematorium.


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