Himanshu Roy suicide: From Khairlanji Masscare to IPL spot-fixing, Mumbai top cop probed them all
Awarded the Police Medal for Meritorious Service and 50th Anniversary Independence medal, 1988-batch IPS officer Himanshu Roy was known as a tough and no-nonsense cop of Maharashtra Police. He handled several high-profile cases.
Himanshu Roy’s first posting came in 1991 in Malegaon where he handled the surcharged environment of the post-Babri Masjid demolition in the sensitive town of Maharashtra. The post-mosque demolition period saw riots at many places including Malegaon. Roy is credited for meticulous handling of the riot situation in Malegaon.
Malegaon posting gave a push to Himanshu Roy’s career graph. He became the youngest SP of Nasik (rural) in 1995. He came back to Nasik as police commissioner in 2004 and stayed in the office till 2007. This time he handled what is known as the Khairlanji Massacre case.
Four members of a Dalit family were lynched in what was termed as “revenge killing” following a brawl between two caste groups. The Khairlanji killings sparked widespread outrage. Himanshu Roy played active role in securing capital punishment to six of the eight accused by the special trial court.
But IPL spot-fixing case was the most high-profile case that Himanshu Roy handled during his career. The case hogged limelight in 2013. Himanshu Roy probed the case and was responsible for the arrest of Vindu Dara Singh for his links with the bookies, who were allegedly involved in the spot-fixing scandal.
Himanshu Roy was a key player in handling 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks by 10 Pakistani gunmen in 2008. More than 160 people had been killed in the four-day terror attack in the commercial capital of the country. Himanshu Roy was involved in planning and executing plans to keep the damage to the minimum during the first of its kind terror strikes in the country.
Two years later, Himanshu Roy, as joint commissioner of Mumbai Police, worked on intelligence inputs to ward of terror attack planned by Pakistan-based militant group, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). He also released the sketch of the suspected Pakistani terrorist thwarting the attempts by the LeT to carry out an attack in Mumbai again.
Known as a daring policeman, Himanshu Roy was responsible for firing at Iqbal Kaskar’s driver Arif Bael in 2011. Iqbal Kaskar is the brother of the most wanted don Dawood Ibrahim. Kaskar is presently in the custody of Maharashtra Police on various charges.
Himanshu Roy also played key role in journalist J Dey murder case. The trial court recently pronounced its judgment convicting nine of the accused including gangster Chhota Rajan. Besides, Himanshu Roy also probed journalist Jade Killing murder and Vijay Palande-Laila Khan double murder cases.