Remembering the hulk: Himanshu Roy's strong voice and personality remain unforgettable

May 12, 2018, 21:10 IST | A Correspondent

Himanshu Roy cracked several sensational cases in his career

Roy taking charge of Mumbai Crime Branch, as its newly appointed chief, in 2010. Pic/Getty Images
Roy taking charge of Mumbai Crime Branch, as its newly appointed chief, in 2010. Pic/Getty Images

Widely known among his colleagues as the 'hulk' with a 'strong voice' to match, the 1963-born Himanshu Roy was considered one of the most upright police officers, having vast knowledge of the crime scenario in the city. Posted as an additional director general of police (establishment), he served Mumbai and Maharashtra in various important posts.

Police over accounts
Roy had cleared his chartered accountancy exam but, eventually, chose the force over account books. He then cleared his civil services exam and became an IPS officer on August 21, 1989.

A cadre of the 1988 batch and an alumnus of St Xavier's College, Roy served in various crucial posts, including SP Nashik (rural), SP Ahmednagar, DCP Economic Offences Wing, DCP Traffic, DCP zone I, and Nashik police commissioner, where he tackled the Khairlanji massacre case.

Roy was posted as joint commissioner of police, Mumbai, ATS Maharashtra chief, additional director general of police (ADGP) of Maharashtra (planning and co-ordination), and ADGP (establishment), Maharashtra. Owing to the sensitive cases Roy handled during his stint as ATS chief, he and then commissioner Rakesh Maria became the first police officers to get Z+ security cover. Roy had recently been given the cover. "There is a special committee that reviews threat perception and recommends the category of cover," said a police officer.

Cracking down
His tenure as crime branch chief was termed "successful" with several sensational cases cracked under his supervision, among them the firing on Dawood Ibrahim's brother Iqbal Kaskar's driver Arif Bael, journalist J Dey's murder, the double murder involving Vijay Palande, the Laila Khan murder case and the recent murder of law graduate Pallavi Purkayastha.

Roy, as joint commissioner of police (crime) from 2012-2014, led the investigation into the 2013 Indian Premier League betting scandal. He also supervised the crime branch team that arrested actor Vindoo Dara Singh, son of wrestler Dara Singh, for alleged links to bookies in the spot-fixing case. Roy was responsible for the arrest of Gurunath Meiyappan, son-in-law of ex-ICC president N Srinivasan and owner of CSK franchise, in the same case.

* Mumbai Police's joint commissioner of crime from 2010 to 2014
* Posted in Malegaon from 1991 to 1995, where he handled the fallout of the post-Babri demolition riots
* Appointed as SP of Nashik (rural) in 1995, the youngest officer to get that post
* Commissioner of Nashik Police between 2004 and 2007
* A stint in Cyber Cell and joint commissioner of police for Mumbai in 2009
* Joint commissioner of police (law and order) in 2010
* Appointed as ATS chief in 2015

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