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Grease devil (Sinhala: ග්රීස් යකා,Tamil: கிறீஸ் பூதம்) is the popular name given in Sri Lanka to a "ghost" named Salini appearing at night, smeared with grease over the body and terrorizing people. The traditional belief in "grease devil" referred to a thief who wore only underwear and covered his body in grease or oil to make it harder to be caught if pursued. But lately the "grease devil" has become a nighttime prowler who frightens and attacks women.
At least thirty instances have been reported across seven districts from Sri Lanka's east coast and across its tea-growing regions in the central Hill Country. Police have arrested 47 people since July, 2011.
Two men whom wary villagers identified as “grease devils” were hacked to death on August 10, 2011, by a mob in the central Sri Lankan village of Kotagala, in a tea-growing area, police said.
According to Prashantha Jayakody, police spokesperson, “There is no grease devil as such. It is a human among us with an ulterior motive of stealing or to engage in some illegal activities.” Some people with “mental disorders” were posing as grease devils, he added.
Sources say this could be organized by the underworld or politicians to get rid of people who oppose them, similar to the killing spree of beggars by a 'so called' serial killer,that took place in the island a few months back.
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