"He had shot himself inside his mouth and the bullet injury was visible right up to the skull", Dr Gautam Bhansali, Consultant Physician at Bombay Hospital told PTI. He was a 1988-batch IPS officer and Anti-Terrorist Squad Chief.
"He was suffering from cancer but he was fighting it". My deepest condolences to the family & his loved ones. Reports claim he still had at least six years of service left. When he held the reins, many within the police department were doubtful if he would be able to live up to his predecessors, said Rakesh Maria, who was an ace investigator. He wrote, "Deeply distressed to hear of Comm. Himanshu Roy's suicide. I am shaken by this bad news", a devastated Sivanandhan told Firstpost. Thereafter, he took charge as SP, Ahmednagar; DCP Economic Offences Wing, DCP Traffic, DCP Zone 1, and Commissioner of Police, Nasik. "It's unending and not easy", Patil said. "We spoke for about 20 minutes". He is also credited for initiatives like setting up the first Cyber Crime Cell in Mumbai, devising anti-dacoity measures in rural Maharashtra and setting up a special cell dedicated to deal with crimes related to women. It's very sad that young officer like him had to shoot himself. "He would say sometimes it's good, and sometimes there is pain", Patil said. Roy was very likeable. I spoke to him every day and found him to be a bright, coolheaded, and polished person. He did not keep in touch with many from the force like he would earlier. I know he was fighting a painful battle against cancer. A Colaba boy, a fitness freak and an athlete. "According to one of the doctors treating him, Roy had lost weight and his personality had changed because of the illness".
During his stint as the Mumbai Police Joint Commissioner (Crime Branch), Himashu Roy joined Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar to launch the Tolpar knife training and unarmed conflict school.