Additional Director General of police, Himanshu Roy, was cremated after he committed suicide on Friday. His furenal was held at Chandanwadi in Mumbai's Chira bazaar. Many of the city's top cops and politicians bid the former ATS chief adieu. All pics/Bipin Kokate
The funeral proceedings were led by Himanshu Roy's wife Bhawna Roy. The body was released on Friday evening after a post mortem at GT hospital. Bhawna also left for the hospital along with her husband's remains.
Himanshu Roy shot himself in the mouth with a licensed gun at his home in Suniti apartments, Nariman Point on Friday. While, he was rushed to Bombay hospital, he was declared dead on arrival. The former ATS chief had been suffering from cancer and was undergoing treatment for the same
Traped in the tricolour, Himanshu Roy was sent off with full state honours. Top IPS officials told Mid-Day that the police found a suicide note from Himanshu Roy's house which stated, "No one is responsible for my suicide." In a statement MN Singh, former CP said, "I am shocked with the incident, we have lost one of the best officers from police force."
Roy's death came as a shock to many. He is believed to have been one of the top cops in the city. He was from the 1988-batch Indian Police Service officer, and had served in elite groups of the Maharashtra Police, including as chief of the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) and in the Crime Branch. Roy is credited with being involved in the solving of a string of prominent cases, including the murders of journalist J Dey, fringe Bollywood actor Laila Khan and law graduate Pallavi Purkhayasta in Mumbai
Roy's wife, Bhawna, who is seen here in white, looked visibly shaken as she attended the funeral proceedings. Officials said Roy shot himself in the bedroom. Upon hearing the gunshot, his wife Bhavana and two domestic helps rushed in. He was then taken to the Bombay hospital
A band also performed at Himanshu Roy's funeral. According to the Mumbai Police, Roy's disappointment with fighting bone marrow cancer for the last two years might have led to him taking the extreme step, which has also been mentioned in his suicide note
Among the various political leaders who attended the funeral ceremony was RPI chief, Ramdas Athawale. Meanwhile, former Chief Minister of Maharashtra posted on social media, "Sad to hear about the shocking demise of Himanshu Roy, He was an officer known for his bravery and integrity. His contribution to states law and order will always be remembered. My heartfelt condolences to his family."
Roy's driver constable Mahadev Maske was the first person to contact the control room of Mumbai Police and tell them about the incident. The control room alerted local police who rushed to Roy's house and Bombay hospital
Himanshu Roy's remains were directly taken for cremation after the post mortem at GT hopsital. The news of his suicide shocked all of Mumbai police, as the officer was a very prominent face in the city and state police forces. He had been out of action for the past two years due to his cancer treatment
Roy's death remains a notable loss for the city. Senior police officials, including Commissioner of Police D D Padsalgikar, GRP commissioner Niket Kaushik who'd worked with Roy in the Mumbai crime branch and in the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad, IGP Rajvardhan Sinha, among others, visited his family at the Bombay hospital
The funeral took place at Chir aBazar near Kalbadevi around 10.20 pm, with top bureaucrats and police officers in attendance. Roy was cremated with state honours around 10.20 pm, with top bureaucrats and police officers in attendance
Deputy Commissioner of Police for Zone 1, Dr. Manoj Kumar Sharma (seen here on th left) and Joint Commisioner for law and order, Deven Bharti (sene on the right) were among those who attended Himanshu Roy's funeral
Apart from solving several high-profile cases, Himanshu Roy was also part of the team which pursued leads related to American-born Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist David Headley, who was involved in carrying out a recce mission ahead of the 26/11 terror strike. During his tenure as the ATS chief, software engineer Anees Ansari was arrested for allegedly planning to blow up the American school at the Bandra Kurla complex
Police personnel stood guard as the mortal remains of IPS Himanshu Roy arrived for postmortem at GT Hospital in Mumbai on Friday. "The bullet shot into his mouth went through his head. He died on the spot and there are no external marks on the body. But we have to wait for the post-mortem report for further confirmation," said Dr Gautam Bhansali, general physician at the hospital who inspected the body Pic/PTI
The mortal remains of IPS Himanshu Roy were taken to GT Hospital for postmortem after he was declared dead on admission at the Bombay Hospital. An accidental death report was filed at the Cuffe Parade police station. Pic/PTI
Roy's mortal remains were transported for cremation in an ambulance. His wife remained by his side throughout the journey. Roy's legacy remains one of bravery and fearlessness. According to a police historian, long before Himanshu Roy became a top cop, he was known among his colleagues as 'officer HR Dasondi'. In the prime of his career, he, however, preferred to be called by his first name instead - given to him by his father
The highlight of Himanshu Roy's career was when, at the age of 28, he became deputy commissioner of police, Zone 1. Life had come full circle for Roy, because Colaba - the place he had grown up in - was now under his jurisdiction. It is believed that if his health had not taken a beating, he would have become the next commissioner of police in Mumbai
According to Jayant Patil, state president of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) he spoke to Himanshu Roy, on Thursday, the two parted on the promise to meet again in a week. Patil recalls, what is now his last meeting with Roy, wherein the top cop told him how he was tired of the painful chemotherapy
On Thursday around 7 am, I went to the Qi gym and saw Himanshu Roy sitting on a couch at the entrance with a cane in hand. We talked for 20 minutes. When I asked him why he was looking tired, he said it was because of the chemotherapy. I said he will come out of this," Patil told mid-day. "He wasn't happy with the progress [of the chemo]. He was weak, his face had become dull. He said he cannot undergo this treatment forever because it is extremely painful. He said the doctors were happy with his progress, but didn't guarantee that the cancer won't recur," Jayant Patil said
Former ATS chief Himanshu Roy's suicide also shocked everyone at the gym he went to for past 16 years. QI Gym officials and staff members said Roy had helped many of them. The staff has put up posters of their favourite member on the premises as a tribute to him
A gym administrator of the gym Roy went to, Dhiraj Pardeshi, said, "He was our member for the past 16 years. He had so much positive energy and had helped many of us. Whenever he found any of us worried, he would always ask why and try to guide and motivate us. He was here even on Thursday. He talked to all of us as always. We had seen him recovering from the disease. He was happy about it."
Senior IPS officer Himanshu Roy refused to undergo surgery for the cancerous tumour in his brain, a senior doctor who was associated with his treatment said. Prior to his death, Roy had been battling cancer. He was diagnosed in 2015, but continued his duty until 2016, after which he took a long-term medical leave the same year. Earlier, he had taken treatment at H N Reliance Foundation Hospital but later, the cancer had also spread to his brain in the form of a tumour
Many of his relatives have a background in medicine. After getting suggestions from one of them, he began taking treatment under an oncologist known to him in Pune. But four months ago, his test results showed that the cancer had also spread to his brain and surgery was the only option. But, he refused it and opted for medication
Forensic surgeons at Grant Medical College and GT Hospital who carried out Himanshu Roy's autopsy told mid-day that they found a suspected secondary cancer that had impacted the only kidney Roy was surviving on (his first cancerous kidney was removed in 2000), and that the disease had spread to the pelvic area. They added that the bullet entered via the oral cavity, and exited from the back of the skull
Himanshu Roy was considered one of the most upright police officers, having vast knowledge of the crime scenario in the city. 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. His legacy will forever remain etched in the city's history.
In the wake of former ATS chief Himanshu Roy's sudden demise, the Mumbai's cops bid him farewell. These pictures from his funeral will leave you teary-eyed
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