Former chief of Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad (ATS), Himanshu Roy, allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself on Friday. Roy shot himself at his residence with his service revolver. Roy had been battling cancer and had gone on a long leave on medical grounds. The reason behind the suicide isn’t known yet. He was a 1988-batch IPS officer and Anti-Terrorist Squad Chief. Roy played a major role in solving many important cases like Dawood’s brother Iqbal Kaskar’s driver Arif’s firing, journalist J Dey killing, Vijay Palande, Laila Khan double murder case. Himanshu Roy also led the investigations into several big cases including the 2013 Indian Premier League spot-fixing case. He had gone on a long leave on medical grounds.
“He was a very bright officer. Such a tragedy” said MN Singh, who was his superior at that point. A ‘Bombay’ boy, Roy was an ex-student of Campion and St Xavier’s College, Mumbai. His father was a well-known Colaba doctor. Roy was born on 23 June 1963. He had a B.Com, from St Xavier’s College. He was appointed to Indian Police Services on 21 August 1989. He was presently serving as the Additional DGP (Esstt.), MS, Mumbai. In 2015, Himanshu Roy was one of the police officers who was seen to be sidelined after he wrote to the Maharashtra home department alleging poor treatment by seniors and favouritism in department transfers. Mr. Roy lost his elite posting as chief of the anti-terror squad and was moved to an insignificant role, the additional director general in charge of police housing.
Shocked to learn about Himanshu Roy’s untimely passing. I would jokingly call him ‘Hercules Roy’ because of his overawing athletic build. Only recently, I messaged him to inquire about his health. He was an intelligent IPS officer & will be missed by the entire police Dept. May his soul rest in peace,” Congress leader Milind Deora from Maharashtra Milind Deora.
Shocked to learn about Himanshu Roy’s untimely passing. I would jokingly call him ‘Hercules Roy’ because of his overawing athletic build. Only recently, I messaged him to enquire about his health. He was a capable IPS officer & will be missed. May his soul rest in peace
— Milind Deora (@milinddeora) May 11, 2018