Ex-Maharashtra ATS chief Himanshu Roy commits suicide: Report
Former Mumbai top cop Himanshu Roy shot himself dead in the afternoon today, according to reports. He was rushed to a hospital, but succumbed to his injuries. He was reportedly suffering from cancer. However, the cause of his suicide isn't known yet. He had gone on a long leave on medical grounds. Roy was involved in several high-profile cases, including the 2013 IPL spot-fixing case.
Roy dabbled in medicine and CA before joining IPS
Roy, a former student of Campion and St Xavier's College, Mumbai, was the son of a doctor, and took up medicine after 12th, before leaving it for CA. But he eventually appeared the IPS exam and joined the force. His first posting came in 1991, when he was deployed in Malegaon. The region was then tense in the aftermath of the Babri Masjid demolition.
IPL betting scam led to Vindu Dara Singh's arrest
Roy's career graph was phenomenal. He became the youngest SP of Nasik (Rural) in 1995, before being posted to other departments including DCP Economic Offences Wing and DCP Traffic. In 2009, he became the Mumbai Police Joint Commissioner. During his term, he led probes into the IPL-betting scam, which led to Vindu Dara Singh's arrest, and the multiple-murders of Laila Khan and her relatives.
Roy's team arrested mastermind planning attacks on American establishments
After this came Roy's stint with the Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS), during which he supervised the arrest of software engineer Anees Ansari for allegedly planning a bomb blast at the American School at Bandra Kurla Complex. Roy is also credited with setting up Mumbai's first cyber crime cell, establishing a cell for crimes against women, and devising anti-dacoity measures for rural Maharashtra.
Roy still had few years of service left
The last two reshuffles of the Mumbai Police's top deck led Roy to a sideposting as the Additional Director General of Police (Housing). Reports claim he still had at least six years of service left.