Former Maharashtra ATS chief and Additional Director General of Police (Establishment), Himanshu Roy committed suicide on Friday by shooting himself with his service revolver at his Malabar Hills residence in Mumbai. According to reports,the senior officer put the gun in his mouth and pulled the trigger.
A suicide note recovered from his residence quoted Roy as saying that he was ending his life because he had been battling cancer for the past two years and suffering from depression as a result.Roy was on a long leave on medical grounds since April 2016.
Roy, a celebrated IPS officer of 1988 batch, was involved in solving of a string of prominent cases including the murders of journalist J Dey, Shakti Mills gang-rape, 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 LeT terrorist David Headley, who was involved in carrying out a recce mission ahead of the 26/11 terror strike. Roy, who was joint commissioner of police (Crime) from 2012-2014, is credited with leading the investigation into the IPL betting scandal.
He was then transferred to the state ATS. During his tenure as the agency’s chief, software engineer Anees Ansari was arrested for allegedly planning to blow up the American school at the Bandra Kurla complex.