Top cop Himanshu Roy shoots self

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Roy, who also served as additional director general of police (establishment), was rushed to Bombay Hospital, where he was declared dead.

His first posting came in 1991, when he was deployed in Malegaon.

Mumbai - One of India's most senior police officials has killed himself in the western city of Mumbai, senior officials have confirmed. He was presently serving as the Additional DGP (Esstt.), MS, Mumbai. He was then transferred to the state ATS. His family, however, hailed from Gujarat and his father was a well-known doctor practicing in south Mumbai.

"On Friday afternoon, I got a message about his suicide".

Himanshu Roy had committed suicide on May 11. "May the departed soul Rest in Peace".

Roy was an alumnus of St Xaviers College, Mumbai. What gave him edge over his peers in the police department in handling economic offences was that he was a chartered accountant by qualification.

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This is really a matter of sorrow that we have lost a bright officer. Patnaik, who runs Konark Cancer Foundation in Mumbai, was also in talks with Roy to make him the brand ambassador of his NGO's cancer survivors' campaign.

In his suicide note, the top cop said he took the step "out of frustration" due to his illness.

Mumbai police added that the void left by late Himanshu Roy would be hard to fill in the department. "Some even grew a moustache like him and wore tight fitting shirts", said an officer. The primary investigations revealed that Roy was in his bedroom and his wife in another room when he shot himself.

Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, Opposition leaders and prosecutors who had worked with Roy called his death a loss for the state police.

A former Joint Police Commissioner (Crime) and chief of Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) Mumbai, Roy was credited with directing the investigations into several sensational crimes and high-profile cases in the past few years.