Himanshu Roy shot himself in mouth, blames 'cancer'

Himanshu Roy commits suicide

Himanshu Roy commits suicide

Around 1 pm on Friday, Roy shot himself in the jaw, while his wife Bhavna was in the other room. He was declared dead by Bombay Hospital. The funeral will be held on Friday itself.

Pradip Gharat, special prosecutor in the journalist J Dey murder case, said Roy could have taken the drastic step because of the unbearable pain he was undergoing for the last two years.

In a statement, the Mumbai Police said: "Today at 12.40 pm, Himanshu Roy, Additional General of Police, Maharashtra, shot himself with his private licensed revolver and took his life at his residence".

The police have not recovered any suicide note, while there were stunned reactions of disbelief from the entire state police top brass.

He had led the investigations into the 2013 Indian Premier League spot-fixing case.

His death has stunned his colleagues.

The over six-feet tall officer was very particular about fitness and would attend Bollywood and social events regularly. "Such a tragedy", MN Singh, a former IPS officer was quoted by NDTV.

Roy was to retire from service after seven years. This is really a matter of sorrow for Mumbai and our country also that we have lost a great Police Officer. Doctors said his was a last-stage cancer and nothing could be done. "It is very, very unfortunate".

A large number of police personnel, former and serving IPS and IAS officers, besides political leaders, including Union Minister Ramdas Athawale, were present for Roy's final journey. I suggested instead he should go on a long leave, and he did so. However, as much as he is remembered for his policing skills, many in the force remember him for his impressive personality. Roy also investigated and cracked cases such as the firing on Arif, driver of Dawood Ibrahim's brother Iqbal Kaskar and the double murder involving Vijay Palande and law graduate Pallavi Purkayastha as well as the sensational Khairlanji murder case.

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