"Roy has mentioned in his suicide note that no one should be held responsible for his death and that he is taking this step due to the illness", said additional commissioner of police (south region) Pravin Padwal. He was rushed to a hospital but declared dead on arrival.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis mourned the shocking suicide by Roy. "Roy was a dedicated police officer". I found him very sharp, very polished, very sophisticated. He was suffering from a disease for two years and was fighting against it. "It is very, very unfortunate".
"Roy was a competent officer". Of course, I knew him from the time he was the deputy commissioner of police, Zone I, but our daily interactions started after I became the police commissioner and he took over as in-charge of the Crime Branch.
The over six-feet tall officer was very particular about fitness and would attend Bollywood and social events regularly. The extreme pain during the treatment is said to have driven the officer to take this extreme step. Between 2004 and 2007 he was the Commissioner of Police in Nasik and In 2009, he was made the Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) of Mumbai.
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Himanshu Roy's suicide created a sensation all over. I learnt through someone that Roy was a cancer survivor and approached him to discuss his battle and also, if he could be our brand ambassador. "It's unending and not easy", Patil said. "We spoke for about 20 minutes. We also lived in the same building", he said.
Roy, who has seven years of service left, is also credited with setting up Mumbais first Cyber Crime Cell, devising effective anti-dacoity measures in rural Maharashtra and establishing a special cell to deal with crimes related to women.
Sivanandhan says that Roy came from a good family background. An alumnus of St Xavier's College, Roy made it as a CA before clearing the civil services exam to become an IPS officer in 1988. "It saddens me to say, I can not believe my meeting with him would be the last one", said Patil.