Often referred to as "Arnold Schwarzenegger" of Mumbai Police, the 54-year-old Roy shot himself in the mouth with his service revolver at his house in Suniti Apartments at Nariman Point shortly after 1 p.m., a police statement said. Finding him in a pool of blood, his driver rushed Roy to Bombay Hospital, where he was declared brought dead.
Mumbai police, mentioning his passing note, " said that the 1988-batch Indian Police Service officer chose the extreme step out of "annoyance" because of his protracted fight with cancer. Doctors said his was a last-stage cancer and nothing could be done. Roy was a very committed and popular police officer.
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It is being told that due to the prolonged illness, he was very depressed.
Himanshu Roy was involved in the murder investigation of journalist Jyotirmoy Dey, who was murdered by a gang linked to Chhota Rajan, the notorious Mumbai gangster and the subject of Bollywood movies like Vaastav and Company. He was then transferred to the Maharashtra ATS.
He was investigating many high profile cases and had earlier headed the Anti-Terror Squad of Maharashtra. He was on a medical leave for two years as he was suffering from cancer. He would leave a deep impact on people with his dramatic moustache, rippling muscles, and a rich baritone, before cancer took its toll. After my retirement from the police department, I launched an NGO for cancer patients and I have seen first-hand what they undergo. Former Mumbai Police chief Arup Patnaik was quoted by NDTV, "He was a fitness freak. Roy was known for his remarkable investigation skills.His demise is a great loss for the state police force", the governor said in his message. He was equally good at solving cyber crimes and he had a key role to play in the setting up the cyber crime cell in the Mumbai police.