The officer had served in elite groups of the Maharashtra Police, including as chief of the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) and in the Crime Branch. Two years ago, when the cancer spread to his bones, he went on a medical leave.
Apparently, Roy was at his residence on the fourth floor of Suruchi Building near YB Chavhan Centre in South Mumbai when he shot himself. 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.
Former Maharashtra ATS chief, also referred to as the "supercop" of Mumbai Police, passed away on Friday.
In conversation with Mumbai Live's reporter Bhagyeshree Bhuvad with the Executive Director of Humanity Care Center and Cancerologist, Dr. Raj Nagarkar informed that "Roy was responsing well to the treatment". He has been on leave from some time and his co-officers lauded the work of Himanshu Roy.
"With positive progress like his, it would be a mistake to say that he killed himself because of the illness".
In November 2016, Mr Roy started his consultations with Centre for Difficult Cancers (CDC) where he was among the 140 patients with last stage cancer and was offered precision oncology therapies.
Roy oversaw the investigation into the August 2013 gang-rape of a woman photo-journalist inside the desolate Shakti Mills Compound in central Mumbai, which culminated in death sentence for three of the accused. The primary investigations revealed that Roy was in his bedroom and his wife in another room when he shot himself.
Actress Renuka Shahane said: Shocked by the suicide of supercop Himanshu Roy. RIP sir.
The cops later recovered a suicide note penned by him, stating that he was exhausted of battling cancer for over two years and was taking the extreme step, and nobody should be held responsible for it.