IPS officer Roy, disgusted with cancer, kills himself

Himanshu Roy

Himanshu Roy

"We checked him thoroughly, his nerves, heartbeat, pupils, but there was no reaction, his pupils were also completely dialated, so we declared him brought dead", he added. "Roy was known for his remarkable investigation skills.His demise is a great loss for the state police force", the governor said in his message.

A tough-as-nails Indian lawman dubbed the "Arnold Schwarzenegger" of Mumbai police committed suicide following a long battle with cancer, according to reports Friday.

The 1988-batch IPSofficer was born in Colaba and went to the prestigious Campion School before graduating from Mumbai's St Xavier's College.

Former state home minister and Maharashtra NCP chief Jayant Patil told PTI that he had met Roy at a gym only yesterday. Himanshu Roy had served as Maharashtra ATS chief.

Speaking into TV mikes with a furrowed brow and with arms crossed over a shirt worn tightly over ri-ppling chest muscles and bulging biceps, Himanshu Roy was every schoolboy's image of what an ideal cop should be. Roy, who was heading Mumbai Crime Branch at that time, personally investigated the case and collected all the evidence which led to conviction of underworld gangster Chhota Rajan.

The over six-feet tall officer was very particular about fitness and would attend Bollywood and social events regularly.

Former Mumbai police commissioner MN Singh termed him a courageous and hardworking officer. One of his former colleague said that he was going through unbearable pain. "The extreme pain and the trauma during the treatment must have forced him to take the extreme step", said a senior police officer.

Himanshu Roy is credited with leading the investigation into the IPL betting scandal.

During his preparations for the UPSC exams in Mumbai, he met his future wife Bhawna, who subsequently became an Indian Administrative Service officer. I had referred him to a doctor and it was then after check-ups it was found that the cancer had spread to his brain. "In his sudden death, we have lost a dedicated officer".

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