A revered police officer in India, who earned the moniker “supercop” for his numerous high-profile accomplishments, ended his own life on Friday.
Local senior officials confirmed that 55-year-old Himanshu Roy killed himself in the western city of Mumbai, according to the BBC.
Roy, who had taken a long medical leave after he was diagnosed with cancer, reportedly shot himself at his home using his service firearm.
A suicide note was recovered from Roy’s house, stating that he was ending his life because he had been battling cancer for the past two years, according to The Times of India. He noted that his condition caused him to suffer from depression.
Serving as the head of the anti-terrorism unit in the state of Maharashtra, the legendary cop is credited with solving numerous sensational cases in India. His most notable cases include journalist Jyotirmoy Dey’s murder, the double murder involving Vijay Palande, Laila Khan’s murder, and the murder of law graduate Pallavi Purkhayasta.
Under #HimanshuRoy :
1) Investigated LeT Terrorist Headley, involvement in 26/11
2) Investigated IPL betting scandal.
3) Arrested Ansari who planning to blow up School.
4) Majeed who went to join ISIS, deported
5) Solved many Murder cases
6) Set up Mumbai’s first Cyber Crime Cell
— Anshul Saxena (@AskAnshul) May 11, 2018
Days before his death, Roy reportedly told a former state minister that “chemotherapy has its limitations.”
Indian netizens took to social media to express their grief over the loss of their local hero.
Himanshu Roy no more. This is going to take time to process. Memories of countless interviews, his jibe on gyming, his fetish for protein drinks, off the camera meetings for updates on investigations – all come flashing.
— Toral Varia (@toralvaria) May 11, 2018
Shocking. Mumbai Top Cop Himanshu Roy commits suicide at his residence. Fired at himself from service revolver reportedly after depression from a prolonged illness. Roy was a very committed and popular police officer. Shock waves all across after the news. More details awaited. pic.twitter.com/8pue58T4Yb
— Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) May 11, 2018
The loss of Supercop Himanshu Roy is a shock for us. He had an unmatched track record during his Crime Branch and ATS positions as an @IPS_Association officer. May the departed soul Rest in Peace. 🙏🕉️ pic.twitter.com/dmcTSpzP2e
— Dr Kumar Vishvas (@DrKumarVishwas) May 11, 2018
Can’t believe the news about Himanshu Roy. Had heard of his health struggles. But he was such a fighter. V v sad.
— Sreenivasan Jain (@SreenivasanJain) May 11, 2018
Himanshu Roy was the epitome of what a top cop should be like. Even the strongest have their weak moments. Onwards brave son. Rest in Peace.
— Mayuresh Shingore (@mshingore) May 11, 2018
Feel extremely sad to hear about Himanshu Roy’s death. He was in the real sense an embodiment of policemen from novels, well built, intimidating, strong persona and a brilliant cop. Also a fellow Xavierite. May he find peace.
— Ashutosh Nagda (@nagdashutosh) May 11, 2018
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