Himanshu Roy, from the 1988 batch of Indian Police Service (IPS), was earlier part of the Anti-Terror Squad of Maharashtra before being appointed as the additional director general of police in November 2016.
In the memory of the decorated officer, who led the investigation in several high profile cases, the Mumbai police on Twitter wrote that he was a remarkable investigator, a wonderful human being and an inspiration for all. He was the youngest SP of Nashik (rural) in 1995, DCP economic offences, DCP traffic, and commissioner of police for Nashik, among others. Roy had taken a lengthy medical leave from duty to receive treatment for bone marrow cancer. Roy had developed a swelling on his body almost four years ago, which was later detected as cancer. According to reports, he shot himself at 1:40pm at his residence.
During his stint as the Mumbai Police Joint Commissioner (Crime Branch), Himashu Roy joined Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar to launch the Tolpar knife training and unarmed conflict school.
The officer, known for his dedication and soft communication skills had seven years of service left. "He had also taken radiation therapy earlier", Dr. Nagarkar said, adding like all patients going through hard illnesses, Roy was taking counselling therapy.
Mumbai police added that the void left by late Himanshu Roy would be hard to fill in the department.
Himanshu Roy also played a key role in the investigation of journalist J Dey's murder case.
The Mumbai police has found a suicide note at his residence, allegedly signed by Roy which states that he is taking this extreme step due to his "prolonged illness" and "depression".
Cancer was not the reason behind top cop Himanshu Roy's suicide, the oncologist treating him told mid-day.