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Himanshu Roy, a supercop and fitness enthusiast

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

A teetotaller, fitness enthusiast and someone with a penchant for classical music. This is how super cop would be remembered by those close to him.

The Maharastara IPS officer, who allegedly committed suicide today "out of frustration" after a prolonged battle with cancer, handled several high-profile cases, including those related to the 26/11 attacks and the IPL spot-fixing, in his nearly three-decades-long service.

Over six-feet tall, having rippling muscles, a dramatic moustache, and a rich baritone, Roy stood out with his personality, but it all came apart when he was diagnosed with cancer.

The 1988-batch was very particular about fitness and would attend Bollywood and social events regularly. He was a teetotaller and had a penchant for classical music.

Roy, who had been on leave since 2016, was undergoing He would have been 55 next month.

police, citing his suicide note, said Roy took the extreme step "out of frustration" due to his illness.

The became the youngest SP of Nasik (rural) in 1995. Thereafter, he took charge as SP, Ahmednagar; DCP Economic Offences Wing, DCP Traffic, DCP Zone 1, and of Police, Nasik.

He was appointed Joint of in 2009 and is credited with setting up Mumbai's first Cyber Crime Cell, the women's cell, and taking anti-dacoity measures in rural

He had a number of crucial cases to his credit, including those related to the murders of Laila Khan, the Kohinoor Mill rape case and the Goregaon diamond heist.

He was also part of the team which pursued leads related to American-born Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist David Headley, who was involved in carrying out a recce mission ahead of the 26/11 terror strike.

Roy, who was joint of police (Crime) from 2012-2014, is also credited with leading the investigation into the IPL betting scandal.

He was then transferred to the state ATS. During his tenure as the agency's chief, was arrested for allegedly planning to blow up the American school at the

Mumbai terror attack convict and Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab was hanged to death during Roy's tenure as Mumbai crime branch

Roy was an alumnus of St Xavier's College, Mumbai. He had also worked as a CA at Arthur Andersen, one of the best accounting firms in the world, before he cleared the UPSC examination and joined the IPS.

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First Published: Fri, May 11 2018. 21:00 IST