New Delhi, May 11: Former Maharashtra ATS Chief Himanshu Roy, who was involved in many high-profile investigations, committed suicide on Friday by shooting himself at his residence in Mumbai. Reports say that Roy was battling cancer and had gone on a long leave on medical grounds. Roy, who also served as Additional Director General of Police (Establishment) used his service revolver to kill self at around 1.40 pm. He was brought dead to hospital. Also Read - Suicide Risk in Bipolar Patients May Be Reduced By Electroconvulsive Therapy

Reacting to the shocking news, former Maharashtra DGP PS Pasricha said that he could not believe it as Roy was a strong and lively policeman. “I used to speak to him every few months. In the past few months, he used to feel low due to his health.” Also Read - NEET 2020 Latest News: 18-year-old Medical Aspirant Kills Self Over Fear of Failure; Second Incident in 2 Days

“He was a fitness freak. He was at an advanced stage of cancer and couldn’t take it anymore. It is very, very unfortunate,” Arup Patnaik, one of his colleagues said. Also Read - World Suicide Prevention Day: 41-Year-Old Kerala Man Hangs Himself in Covid-19 Observation Centre

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis said,”He was known as a daring officer and had held many important positions. With his demise we have lost a capable officer.”

Speaking to Zee News, eminent lawyer Ujjwal Nikam said that the news was hard to believe. “I had spoke to him 2 months ago and it did not seem to me that he was low. He was always such a strong officer,” Nikam told Zee News.

The 1988-batch IPS officer was a joint commissioner of police (Crime) from 2012-2014. He was leading the investigation into the IPL betting scandal. He was then transferred to the state ATS. During his tenure as the agency’s chief, software engineer Anees Ansari was arrested for allegedly planning to blow up the American school at the Bandra Kurla complex.