Himanshu Roy: Here's what led to the top cop's death

May 12, 2018, 14:30 IST
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    On the afternoon of May 11, 2018, Additional Director General of Police (establishment) Himanshu Roy, 54, shot himself in the mouth with a licensed gun at his home in Suniti apartments, Nariman Point

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    Hours before his death, the top cop had a proper breakfast and even asked his cook to prepare his favourite dish. Invesitators also believe the revolver he used was removed from his locker a day earlier. Pic/Datta Kumbhar

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    Officials said Himanshu 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 and declared dead around 1.47 pm

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    According to reports, Roy shot himself with his service revolver at his government residence in Mumbai. Investigators suspect the suicide may have been planned as a note was found in a folder with what appears to be his handwriting. Director general of police Satish Mathur said Roy left behind a suicide note saying, "No one is responsible for my suicide." The Mumbai Police said Roy had signed it. Pic/Atul Kamble

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    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. That being said the doctor treating Himanshu Roy said that cancer was not the reason behind top cop Himanshu Roy's suicide, the oncologist treating him told mid-day. Nashik-based Dr Raj Nagarkar said no cancerous traces were found in his body after a PET scan on April 30. Dr Nargarkar said, "It will be wrong to say Roy committed suicide because of cancer. He was cured of the disease. It is a loss to the police force and to us, as we all worked very closely and were even satisfied with the results." In picture: Police officials stand outside Bombay Hospital, where Roy was rushed to after his wife found him

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    His body was later taken to GT hospital for a post mortem, where Mumbai Police kept a thick blanket of security. PTI Photo by Shashank Parade 

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    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. Pic/Atul Kamble

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    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. 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. In picture: Police personnel stand guard outside the hospital. Pic/ Bipin Kokate

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    Roy's body was handed over to his family and kept at their home, after which it was brought to the Chandanwadi crematorium at night. Pic/ Bipin Kokate

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    The funeral took place around 10.20 pm, with top bureaucrats and police officers in attendance. Pic/ Bipin Kokate

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    Roy was cremated with state honours around 10.20 pm, with top bureaucrats and police officers in attendance. Pic/ Bipin Kokate

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    Within a short span of time, Roy became a force to be reckoned with. Not only was he the most respected in the Mumbai Police, he also transformed the physical culture in the force. In picture: A poster used in the gym he visited. 

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    A noted police historian and family friend, Deepak Rao said, "I still remember how he would spend around three hours daily at the gym above Eros Cinema. It wasn't long before other officers started emulating him - everyone wanted to look like Roy." File Pic

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    The highlight of his career was when, at the age of 28, he became deputy commissioner of police, Zone 1. Deepak Rao, in an interview with mid-day said, "Life had come full circle for Roy, because Colaba - the place he had grown up in - was now under his jurisdiction." In picture: Roy taking charge of Mumbai Crime Branch, as its newly appointed chief, in 2010. Pic/Getty Images

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    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. He 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. In Picture: Joint Commissioner of the Mumbai Police Crime Branch, Himanshu Roy, displays a recovered weapon, a US-made .32 revolver and 20 rounds of Czech-made ammunition with five empty cartridge cases, during a press conference in Mumbai on June 27, 2011, which are alleged to have been used to kill a prominent Mumbai crime journalist J Dey. AFP PHOTO/ Indranil MUKHERJE

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    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. In Picture: Himanshu Roy with Akshay Kumar at an event in Mumbai

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    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. In Pictures: The Indian Police Commissioner of Mumbai, Satyapal Singh (L), speaks as Joint Commissioner of Police (crime) Himanshu Roy watches during a news conference in Mumbai on August on August 26, 2013 to brief the press about a breakthrough in the Shakti Mills rape case. Pic/AFP

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    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. In picture: File photo dated May 11, 2015, shows former joint commissioner of police (Crime), Himanshu Roy at a press conference in Mumbai. Pic/AFP

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    Known for his physique himanshu Roy was a fitness buff and has been known to spend close to three hours in the gym. His treating doctor, Dr. Nagarkar believe that it was "Weakness and depression must have broken him from within. I don't think he did because he was suffering from cancer." In picture: A picture taken in 2007 shows the fitness freak that Roy was

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    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. In picture: File photo dated May 11, 2015, shows former joint commissioner of police (Crime), Himanshu Roy at a press conference in Mumbai. Pic./AFP

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    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. In picture: Joint Commissioner of Police Himanshu Roy (3R) along with other policemen exit the Shakti Mills compound, the scene of a brutal gang rape of a female photojournalist, in Mumbai on August 28, 2013. PIC/AFP

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    HImanshu Roy showing reporters the revolver with which crime journalist J Dey was murdered. Pic/ AFP

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Himanshu Roy was the Additional Director General of police and committed suicide by shooting himself in his home. The incident sent shock waves through the Mumbai police community and saw everyone from his gym buddies to B'town celebs mourning his death. Here's everything that happened the day Himanshu Roy died.

 

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