Mumbai supercop Himanshu Roy shot himself dead due to unbearable pain from cancer.
The former ATS chief shot himself in the mouth, leaving behind a suicide note, in which he blamed suffering from cancer for his decision.
The question is why did he not get necessary pain relief? Why was he not offered end of life care if death was the only hope before him?
Roy, who was serving as the Additional Director General of Police in Maharashtra, shot himself with his service revolver at his residence in south Mumbai.
Roy, a fitness enthusiast had developed a swelling on his body nearly four years ago, which was later detected to be a cancer. He continued to work while under treatment. Two years later, when the cancer spread to his bones, he went on a medical leave. The cancer however spread to his brain for which he was to undergo a surgery.
The ailment put him through what a former colleague described as unbearable pain.
Arup Patnaik, former police commissioner of Mumbai, as reported by ‘Firstpost’, said, "Roy had been suffering from cancer for the past three years. It was detected quite late." He said he had been in touch with him, as he has been running the Konark Cancer Foundation after retiring from the police force.
Patnaik said it is foolish for people to expect that Roy would "fight" cancer just because he was a top cop. "What is there to fight a disease? Can it be fought? Can you fight a storm or an earthquake?” he asked. "Roy was in a lot of pain and took the extreme step."
Patnaik said that when Roy met him three months ago, he said that he was in lot of pain. "It is unbearable. Please pray for me," he had said.
Roy, aged 54, a top Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, committed suicide on May 11, 2018.
Colleagues fondly called him Hercules Roy. Roy was instrumental in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing investigation and other high-profile crime cases including the murder of journalist J Dey. He served as Mumbai Police's joint commissioner of crime from 2010 to 2014.
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