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Himanshu Roy ends battle with cancer: Friends, family say he was the ‘Dabangg’ Mumbai cop

Additional director general of police Himanshu Roy, shot himself dead on Friday, ending his two-year battle with bone cancer.

mumbai Updated: May 12, 2018 12:18 IST
Vijay Kumar Yadav and Shreya Soni
Vijay Kumar Yadav and Shreya Soni
Hindustan Times
Additional director general of police Himanshu Roy who shot himself dead on Friday.
Additional director general of police Himanshu Roy who shot himself dead on Friday.(HT File Photo)
         

A braveheart, principled and supercop – this is how friends and colleagues described additional director general of police Himanshu Roy, who shot himself dead on Friday, ending his two-year battle with bone cancer.

“Roy was the Dabangg in the Mumbai police force. It was a pleasure to work under him. We admired his courage. He was known as a man of principles. He guided his subordinates and was very understanding,” said Latif Sheikh, retired senior police inspector of crime branch, as he waited outside Gokuldas Tejpal hospital, where Roy’s post-mortem was underway.

The 1988-batch senior Indian Police Sevice (IPS) officer, son of a doctor in Colaba, studied in Campion School. After Class 12 from St Xavier’s College, Roy tried to study medicine, but quit. He studied chartered accountancy and worked for a few years with a firm, Arthur Andersen, before taking the UPSC examinations. At the examination hall in Mazagaon, he ran into his future wife Bhavna, sister of author Amish Tripathi. Bhavna went on to become an IAS officer, but quit soon after their marriage.

Roy was first posted at Malegaon in 1991, where he handled the riots in the wake of Babri Masjid demolition. “He was a very fine officer. He was highly professional and disciplined. Roy ensured his officers made a foolproof case, ensuring conviction,” said PK Jain, former additional director general of police.

Later, he served as superintendent of police in Nashik, becoming the youngest SP, and later at Ahmednagar, before being appointed the deputy commissioner of police of Mumbai police’s economic offences wing. He also worked in the traffic department and zone 1. “When Roy first came to Mumbai, looking at his self-confidence, I gave him the important responsibility of zone-1,” said MN Singh, former Mumbai police commissioner. He was later promoted as the commissioner of police in Nashik from 2004 to 2007, where he handled the Khairlanji murder case. In 2009, he was made the joint commissioner of police (crime) and is credited to have worked on important cases including murder of journalist J Dey, Laila Khan, among others.

He was also instrumental in the investigation into the 2013 IPL spot-fixing and betting. After his stint at the crime branch, Roy was transferred to the state’s anti-terrorism squad (ATS). There, he headed the team that foiled the conspiracy to blow up an American School at Bandra-Kurla Complex. Later he got a side posting as additional director general of police (establishment). “Himanshu’s passing away is a great loss,” said Mumbai police commissioner Datta Padsalgikar.