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Former Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) chief Himanshu Roy committed suicide on Friday, reportedly by shooting himself with his service revolver. Rushed to a hospital, Roy was declared brought dead.
Roy was an IPS officer of the 1988 batch and was said to be suffering from cancer, however, the exact cause for the suicide has not yet been revealed. He reportedly had 7 years of service left.
During his career, Roy cracked several high-profile cases including the 2013 Indian Premier League spot-fixing case and was also responsible for the arrest of Vindu Dara Singh for alleged links to bookies in the spot-fixing.
From 2010 to 2014 Roy was the joint commissioner of crime, where apart from the IPL betting scam he also investigated the murders of Laila Khan and 5 of her relatives in Igatpuri. After the Crime Branch, Roy was transferred to the Anti-Terrorism Squad and during his tenure, the ATS arrested software engineer Anees Ansari for allegedly planning to blast the American School in Mumbai's Bandra Kurla Complex.
In the last reshuffle of the Mumbai Police's top deck, Roy received a side posting of Additional Director General of Police (housing).
Roy is also credited with establishing Mumbai’s first Cyber Crime Cell, devising effective anti-dacoity measures in rural Maharashtra and establishing a special cell to deal with crimes related to women.