Maharashtra IPS officer officer, Himanshu Roy, was cremated with full state honours in Mumbai hours after he allegedly committed suicide on Friday.
An IPS officer of 1988 batch, the 54-year-old celebrated officer had shot himself in the mouth with his service revolver, around 1.40 PM. He was declared dead by Bombay Hospital.
The cops later recovered a suicide note penned by him, stating that he was tired of battling cancer for over two years and was taking the extreme step, and nobody should be held responsible for it.
The celebrated officer was famous for handling some of the most high-profile cases in the recent times. They included the 2013 Indian Premier League spot-fixing, the 2012 murder of lawyer Pallavi Purkayastha and the J Dey murder. As the Anti-Terror Squad chief, Roy had also arrested software engineer Anees Ansari for allegedly planning to blow up the American School in Mumbai.
On Friday, as reported by IANS, Roy’s flower bedecked body draped in the national Tricolor was taken in an ambulance from his Nariman Point home to the Chandanwadi Crematorium at Charni Road around 9.30 PM.
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. Former Mumbai Police chief Arup Patnaik was quoted by NDTV, “He was a fitness freak. He was at an advanced stage of cancer and couldn’t take it anymore. It is very, very unfortunate.”
In 2015, Roy along with other officer complained of poor treatment and nepotism in transfers by seniors. Soon, he lost his elite posting as the ATS chief and was shunted to an insignificant role incharge of housing.
Among those who have condoled Roy’s death included Maharashtra Governor CV Rao and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis besides other ministers. Maharashtra Congress President Ashok Chavan, senior Nationalist Congress Party leader Jayant Patil and many other political leaders, too expressed grief over Roy’s tragic demise.