Though the voluntary community policing initiative has denied any involvement in the custodial torture of Jayaraj and Bennix, activists have sought its ban.
Chennai: On July 8, the Tamil Nadu government banned all activities of the Friends of Police (FOP) – a voluntary organisation in community policing that has come under the scanner for its alleged role in the Sathankulam custodial death case. It rescinded a government order that extended the FOP to the entire state in 1994 in view of an ‘adverse report’ from the director general of police (DGP), Chennai.
Henry Tiphagne, executive director of People’s Watch – a human rights organisation – says FOP was not started in accordance with the law. “The police department needs reforms. It continues to use colonial measures,” he says.