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‘Grease devil attacks’ on North-Eastern women

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by D.B.S Jeyaraj

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A disturbing phenomenon in recent times has been the widespread panic in many parts of Sri Lanka about alleged attacks on women by unknown persons posing as devilish monsters.

Cartoon on Sri Lankan newspapers about the ‘Grease Devils’ ~ courtesy via: http://twitter.com/DushiYanthini

Reports in the media refer to them generally as “Grease devils” in English-“Kreese Pootham” in Tamil and “Thel Yaka” in Sinhala. This descriptive title is due to the fact that the assailants are said to be daubed in grease or some sticky,oily substance that makes their bodies slippery like eels thus making it difficult for people to cath hold of them.

The grease devils are also said to be wearing crude masks or black paint or charcoal soot on their faces to avoid being identified

The targets of grease devils are women and it is alleged that cuts or pricks are inflicted on the women by some instrument.

Cartoon on Sri Lankan newspapers about the ‘Grease Devils’ ~ courtesy via: http://twitter.com/DushiYanthini

Many of the attacks have occurred in the Northern and Eastern provinces. The victims are generally Tamil speaking Tamil and Muslim women.

Womens organizations are particularly and justifiably worried about these attacks being directed against women thereby creating a climate of fear where women are rendered powerless and helpless.

The Womens Action Network (WAN) is an umbrella organization comprising eight womens organizations working actively in the North and East.

The WAN has met and interviewed many of the victims of these attacks and obtained significant information about what is happening.

The information collected is being processed now and the WAN has released a preliminary report about the incidents and prevailing situation.

While documenting many of the inidents the WAN report also makes pertinent observations about the various acts of omission and commission by state agencies, defence officials,media and vigilante groups

It also makes some worthwhile suggestions and recommendations

I think the WAN report has been released at a crucial juncture and sheds much light on the matter

I am therefore posting the report in full on my blog in a bid to focus attention on this disturbing phenomenon

Here it is Friends – DBSJ

Statement by women on the recent attacks on women, impunity and the lack of the rule of law

This report is based on interviews given by affected women and women’s organisations working in the North and East.

In the month of August 2011 many women in the north and the east have been attacked individually, and the female population terrorized more generally, by unidentified men, attackers now colloquially referred to as ‘Grease Devils or grease Yakas’. These incidents and the response of law enforcement and government agencies indicate a larger problem in the law and order situation in the north and east: the systemic failure of the rule of law and the consistent inability, or unwillingness, of law enforcement authorities and the state to hold the assailants accountable. While noting that there have been alleged attacks outside the north and east, this statement concentrates on this region alone.

Women in the North and East have just begun rebuilding their lives post war. A significant proportion of households there are headed by women, many of whom have no secure housing. These communities are therefore fragile and vulnerable. It is in this context that these attacks must be understood. Even though many have been assailants who have specifically attacked women purely to create terror and fear in these communities, a number of copycat incidents have also been perpetrated showing other individuals using this opportunity to both harass women and commit petty thefts and robberies.

People in the North and East have been living in fear for the last 30 years. Due to the war, these people have faced death, loss of family members, arrests and detention and are just beginning to rebuild their lives. These concerted attacks by the ‘grease yakas’ have brought back terror into people’s lives, especially the lives of women. Women have borne the brunt of the war and are now forced to live without security and safety once again.

In number of communities the level of fear is so high that it has resulted in panic and where the community has been forced to find its own security. In this context of police inaction, people have begun to take law and order into their hands.

It is the fear within the community and among people and the lack of faith in the protection provided by the state that has led people to attack alleged assailants or other suspicious persons. This has resumed vigilante justice and cases of individual being targeted which has also contributed to lawlessness and further militarization.

Violence against women has seen a drastic rise in the North and the East. Justice for women who have faced violence has been low in Sri Lanka. Violence against women cases are rarely taken to court; even in the cases of rape, rapists are rarely jailed. This culture of impunity regarding violence against women is reflected once again in these attacks by ‘grease yakas’.

There is a lack of concern regarding the women who have been attacked, a sensationalization – often amounting to trivialization – of the incidents by the media, women who have been attacked have been accused of lying and some hospital authorities have even refused to treat them. Due to these attacks women have been forced to stay indoors. Their mobility is restricted and their access to employment curtailed. Many women in these areas work as daily wage laborers, as farmers and as minor staff in government offices.

Due to fear and family concerns about safety these women have had to stop going to work, hindering their economic rights and also affecting the families they support. Several women single handedly support their families financially. In many villages women have been gathering in a common place at night, finding safety in numbers just as they did during the time of war. These women have for several nights been unable to even go out for nature calls and sleep uneasily at night. Muslim women have been facing additional problem as they have been unable to observe their religious rituals during this holy month of Ramadan.

The majority of attacks have been carried out at night mainly targeting women. In number of cases documented in this statement the individual women saw the potential attackers in their own properties. In cases where the assailant has been seen, the men have been dressed in black with their faces covered in cloth or soot. In some cases the women suffered minor injuries.

In several instances when women have called out for help or cried in fear the attacker has taken flight in the direction of nearby army/navy camps or military check points. Many women have stated that the attacker has sharp metal nails attached to his fingers. The eyewitnesses and affected women have complained that even with army/navy camps within the village/ town area the military personal have not intervened or helped people when they have called out for help.

However, while people have alleged that there is a connection between the military and the attackers, this is yet to be proven.

Nevertheless, it should be stressed that neither the army nor the police have taken any action in many cases and in several instances provided the assailant protection without arresting or interrogating him. To date none of such assailants captured and handed over to law enforcement authority have been brought to court. The police officially maintain that there are no such people as “grease devils”. However, contradicting themselves, police in several instances have provided information about “grease devil” issues in different parts of the country and in several cases have had meetings and asked the public to call a number if they catch the “grease devils”.

People in frustration have sought to take law in to their own hands. This has led to several attackers being beaten by the villagers; and the military, in turn, retaliating and shooting randomly at the villagers. There were many reported cases of death, the latest being the loss of life of a policeman in Puttalam on 21st August 2011. This situation has also resulted in innocent people being attacked by the villagers on mere suspicion and some of the villagers who captured or chased the “grease man” being beaten up by the military and police. This lack of law and order is deplorable.

The north and east have been very tense the last few weeks due to local frustration and anger at being attacked and the lack of protection and the impunity with which the assailants have been able to function. This has caused severe friction between the villagers and the army/ navy and the police.

Several women have complained that even though there are military check points and more military check points and special task forces have been brought in, several new people have been spotted around the village in civilian clothing. Even though these women themselves have been stopped at the check points when entering the camps, these people who do not belong to the village have been allowed to enter the village/town area freely.

The Women’s Action Network is in a position to identify the following specific incidents:

· Puttalam

August 12, 2011- Karamba, Kalpiti – a woman saw the attacker jump the fence and try to enter her house. She raised her voice calling out for help, at which time the assailant climbed a tree. However the villagers were not able to locate him. The woman described the man as having his mouth covered and wearing underwear and a shirt. His hands had long black nails.

August 17, 2011, Maligapuram – a man in black was found on top of a toilet. The woman seeing the man shouted out for help due to which the assailant ran away. The police arrived at the scene even though the villagers had not informed the police. However no one was able to find the attacker.

August 19, 2011-Kalpiti town a woman preparing to pray and break her fast had gone outside to wash her face. A man in black grabbed her and scraped her hand hurting her. She screamed and called out for help. Villagers arrived at the scene and took the woman to hospital. However the doctor refused to treat her stating that she was fabricating the story. The woman was then taken to a private hospital where she was given treatment. The villagers also caught the alleged attacker and beat him. Many of the villagers identified the attacker as a police officer from the near by police station. The police arrived on the scene and took custody of the attacker and admitted him to hospital and the assailant was treated by the doctors and taken in an ambulance to Chilaw hospital. Seeing this double standard in treatment the villagers attacked the hospital.

August 20, 2011- Palavi. A woman saw the attacker and raised her voice due to which the assailant ran away. The villagers were not able to find the attacker.

August 21, 2011- Manal Kundu two unknown men appeared at a government officer’s house and villagers started chasing them. Police appeared in the scene and villagers started attacking the police. Police open fired and two villagers got injured and later a group of villagers attacked the police and killed one police officer. As this statement was drafted more military has been brought in and Puttalam town looks like a war zone according to eyewitness accounts.

· Trincomalee

Women were attacked on August 8, in Serunuwera, 10th in Bharathipuram and on the 12th in Mahaweligama by an ‘unknown’ man dressed in black.

On August 9th a women was attacked by the alleged ‘Grease Yaka’ and sustained injuries on her neck. The woman was taken to hospital. She was from the Sangama village.

On the 13th of August villagers spotted the ‘Grease Yaka’ in Muttur-Habeeb Nagar. As the villagers chased the assailant, he ran in to the Navy camp in that area. The villagers demanded that the man be sent out. However the navy personnel refused to do so. In anger the villagers set fire to the check post in front of the navy camp.

On 14th august the grease man was spotted in Kinniya. As the military personal provided no support and seemed to be protecting the alleged assailant the villagers grew angry and clashed with the military. The police was brought in to calm the situation. However in anger the villagers set the police vehicle on fire. Unable to control the situation the military began shooting at people and 4 villagers were injured and 25 people were arrested.

· Mannar

August 8th a young woman living with her grandmother was attacked by a man in Sannar. The assailant injured her breast. The young woman has been in shock and has refused to go to hospital.

Since august 14th women in Pesalai and Kataspathri have been attacked on a daily basis. In all cases the assailants managed to escape. In a few cases the women were hurt and in the rest the women were able to call out for help.

August 18th several attacks took place in Pesalai. On that day there were continuous power cuts. This added towards the fear and also obstructed the villagers from staying vigilant.

August 19th three men entered a women’s hostel run for children. The young girls seeing the attackers called out for help. The three men hearing the cry for help escaped fearing capture.

On August 19th a man jumped in to a woman’s house in Erukalampiti and hearing the noise she called out for help. Due to which the man ran towards the nearby army camp.

August 20th in division 1 and 5 of Pesalai a man jumped over the fence and people chased him towards a police point towards the sea side. Three boys who chased him saw the man change his clothes inside the navy check point and demanded the assailant to come out. The navy personnel from the other check point arrived in the scene and attacked the three boys who have been admitted to hospital. Therefore the villagers gathered in the church and the navy, army, police heads attended the meeting and stated that military personal did not attack villagers and if the villagers surround the camp again they will be shot. They also informed the villagers that they should capture the assailant and hand him over the military. Around 150 military staff attended that meeting.

August 21st a man, who tried to attack a woman in Panang Kattukottu, Santhipuram was attacked by the villagers. The assailant ran in to the Buddhist temple in that area.

On the same night a man attacked a woman near the military camp on Thalwadu road, Mannar town. The child saw the assailant and called out to the mother. The assailant hearing the cry ran out. The family followed the assailant out and found two policemen standing outside. When they complained to the policemen the policemen laughed and shrugged in response.

· Mullaitivu

August 15, 2011 villagers in Mullaitivu were informed by the police that the ‘Grease Yaka’ has been spotted in the area and that villagers should be alert and stay indoors. The villagers had a meeting at the mosque and set up a committee to stay watch through the night. The policeman said be careful and gave number to call. The people gathered at the Mosque and formed a committee and put on duty.

August 16, 2011- At ten p.m. in Thanniruttu a man was found lurking near a house. The women seeing the man cried out and he ran away. On the same night another man was found in dark clothes in Neeravipitti however he too was able to run away before the villagers could catch him.

August 17, 2011- in Hijarampuram a women had taken her child to shrub to go to the bathroom. The child had called out to the mother seeing a man standing there. When the woman ran towards the child and shone her torch she states that she saw a ‘ghost’ the man was fully covered in black. The attacker saw the woman and flashed a red lazar light on her eye, which hurt her eyes and using that moment he ran away. At that moment the women raised her voice and several villagers arrived at that place and started chasing the man. August 18, 2011- Hijarapuram, the ‘Grease Yaka’ was spotted again and was seen to run towards the army camp when the villagers chased him.

August 19, 2011- Niravipitti – a 15 year old young Tamil women had gone outside to use the toilet and even though she scanned the area with her torch before she used the toilet while she was getting up she saw a man covered in black staring at her. She screamed out and fainted due to fear. She has no recollection as to what took place subsequently. The villagers who heard her scream arrived at the scene of the commotion but no one from the army camp came to help or to inquire as to what was taking place. A little while later an unknown man appeared on a bike claiming to be lost and asked for directions. On his bike was a parcel that was wrapped in black. Suspecting him to be the attacker the villagers began interrogating him. However he was able to escape on his bike.

Recommendations

The government has stated that the military presence in the north and the east was for the protection of the people. Even though there is a high military presence in all these areas, these assailants have been able to come and go freely. These incidents have made it clear that the high military presence has not been able to provide protection. The civil enforcement authority, namely the police, is a body trained to protect people and enforce order and law within the area. However the police have been unable to take any measures to curb these attacks and have in many instances told community leaders that they are unable to take any action due to the overall control of the military. We request that the civil administration be brought in full force. The police needs to uphold its commitment to human rights and increase its community outreach and strengthen its approach in addressing violence against women.

In a few cases women have been refused medical care at the hospitals. Doctors have stated that these attacks were fabrications and therefore they will not be given medical attention. These women have been forced to seek private medical care. This is a deliberate act of the hospital to deny these women treatment and also a refusal to acknowledge that these women have been attacked. The government must ensure that women are able to access free medical care, which is their right as citizens of Sri Lanka.

Civilians have the right to information and we request that these attacks not be hidden and those attacked be given proper medical care in the government hospitals and that their complaints regarding the attack must be registered.

The media reports on the matter reveal complete disregard to peoples’ vulnerabilities. They have created panic and terror in the minds of the local people. The news reports have failed to bring to the public the harm caused to women, who are the primary victims of these attacks.

We call upon the media to act responsibly, reducing panic and reporting incidents after proper investigations are done. Media bodies should also ensure to protect women’s identities, ensure that women are not portrayed in a disrespectful manner or their stories treated in jest.

While there are several allegations being made for the motivation behind the attacks, no steps have been taken by the authorities, apart from arresting civilians who have taken the law into their hands or captured or chased the assailants. While we do not believe in vigilante justice we also hope the authorities understand peoples’ fear and their need to take control of the situation and to protect women. We ask that strong action be taken by the state to protect these women. Such action should not result in further militarization of the north and east, which has been the state’s response, but a return to civil law enforcement.

In this context, we ask that women be represented in consultative and investigative bodies. Remembering our commitment as a nation to women’s equality, right to employment, life, liberty and movement we hope that the Sri Lankan government will take stringent action against the perpetrators, bring law and order through the civil administration and ensure that impunity in regards to violence against women is brought to an end. Issued by Women’s Action Network

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177 Comments

  1. Really terrific. War ravaged society faces the consequences. Handiwork of whom? former militants? paramilitary groups? anti social elements? Whoever they are they should be punished and the safety of women must be ensured. N & E are becoming lawless lands.

  2. [On the 13th of August villagers spotted the ‘Grease Yaka’ in Muttur-Habeeb Nagar. As the villagers chased the assailant, he ran in to the Navy camp in that area. The villagers demanded that the man be sent out. However the navy personnel refused to do so. In anger the villagers set fire to the check post in front of the navy camp.]

    So, all the “grease Devils” should be handed over to the public to be tortured and killed id broad day light (as in Haputhale)? What ever devil should be handed over to Police. Public has no business in punishing them even if it is in N&E. Then setting fire to Government property is even more pathetic.

    [Therefore the villagers gathered in the church and the navy, army, police heads attended the meeting and stated that military personal did not attack villagers and if the villagers surround the camp again they will be shot.]

    Both parties are wrong. If the said devil did change his cloths in side an Army camp it’s appalling. And rightly, public has no business in entering an Army camp without permission, and hence deserved to get shot if they try to set fire.

    [a man was found lurking near a house. The women seeing the man cried out and he ran away. On the same night another man was found in dark clothes in Neeravipitti however he too was able to run away before the villagers could catch him.]
    Typical “Gamarala vomited seven crows” story. Nothing has happened here. Now people cannot wear dark cloths and stay on the road. poor guy must have been terrified by the woman’s cry and might have ran for his life.

  3. My thanks to WAN for writing this report and to DBS for publishing it

    Actually Muslims are in terrible situation of fear. they are very angry with Muslim ministers for not doing anything to help them

    Putting army in mosques is another big problem not solution

  4. Here is from the twitter feed of Reuters Sri Lanka bureau chief: @brysonhull The #GreaseDevil tale is turning into the familiar political game of Nya-nya! You did it! #SriLanka public, as usual, is paying the bill

  5. It is state terrorism and has caused much tension not only in all the districts of the north and east, but also in the up-country and in Puththalam where Tamils and Muslims live in concentration. The main purpose is to extend the genocidal military rule in North and East .Nothing else. Thanks to India, China and USA that continue to “grease” this genocidal machinery in Sri Lanka

  6. why is that attacks on sinhala ppl not mentioned here ,all though grease devils have
    been a common phenonemem the pattern of incident started in kahawattha rathnapura.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Obviously because the WAM works in the North and East and so has focused on attacks on Tamil speaking women

    You are most welcome to document attacks on Sinhala people by these “elements” and post them on this site

  7. anyway there is reasonable suspision that few members of SL forces are among devils but
    to say that it is an organized act lacks substance.so in entire puttlam kalpitiya and NE
    how many incidents took place.?
    anyway recommendations given here should be strictly implemented that is the one and only
    solution.

  8. Thanks DBS for writing about this notorious event happening is Sri Lanka. Hope the human right watchdogs are taking your points into consideration and demand the government for right action. What a shame Sri Lanka, please, grow up. If SL does nothing about these attacks, this habit will grow bigger and become addict and then it will haunt their own people. May even spread in the families. Total chaos. Be warned SL.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    I have not written the report.It was compiled by the Womens Action Network. I have only posted it here with a short introduction

    Please give all credit to the WAN

  9. It is a joke, but true the Government approved to keep the Tamil extrimist supporters under frighten condition so they will not think again about LTTE style Idiology. If army create a frighten situation in north east only we can control the Tiger type Tamil idia. Our army boys are given task by our leader Mr.Gothabya to impliment ‘Grease yaka’ and we are under full control of all the Tamil area. Capt. Upul Nishantha.

  10. Dear DBSJ, Thank you for providng voice for the oppressed and hope you will refuse to voice for the oppressors, even if they are right (exception to the rule) in a few insantances that were carefully crafted to create the necessary confusion to cover their oppressive behavour. 

    The following 5 statements tells it all.

    1. “The victims are generally Tamil speaking Tamil and Muslim women”.
    2. “In several instances when women have called out for help or cried in fear the attacker has taken flight in the direction of nearby army/navy camps or military check points. Many women have stated that the attacker has sharp metal nails attached to his fingers. The eyewitnesses and affected women have complained that even with army/navy camps within the village/ town area the military personal have not intervened or helped people when they have called out for help.”
    3. “Nevertheless, it should be stressed that neither the army nor the police have taken any action in many cases and in several instances provided the assailant protection without arresting or interrogating him. To date none of such assailants captured and handed over to law enforcement authority have been brought to court.
    4. “Several women have complained that even though there are military check points and more military check points and special task forces have been brought in, several new people have been spotted around the village in civilian clothing. Even though these women themselves have been stopped at the check points when entering the camps, these people who do not belong to the village have been allowed to enter the village/town area freely.”
    5. “We ask that strong action be taken by the state to protect these women. Such action should not result in further militarization of the north and east, which has been the state’s response”. 

    We have 200,000 guys with guns in one hand and a book (human rights or pornography material – MR thinks it is human rights stuff) in the other hand. These 200,000 guys just only two years had a feast on Tamil girls. Two years is a very long time to go without sex and the boys are out.

  11. Thanks to WAN for this and to Mr.Jeyaraj for giving publicity

    I hope nothing happens to WAN people who interviewed many and wrote this report

  12. These are acts of human beings. Some civilians has taken law in to their hands even with the help of some politicians. There fore Police and armed forces must control the law and order in the country. They are very efficient. It is unbelievable that why prompt action was not taken by them to control this situation. His Excellency must order them very firmly. Other wise it is very funny and people will think that Govt. can’t govern the country.

  13. Very good work by the Women Action Network in compiling this report

    I spoke to my sister in Batticaloa and the people there particularly women are very nervous

    Thank You DBS for posting this WAN report on your blog

  14. This appears to be an organised effort by certain groups to harrass thre minorities and spread panic. It is possible that there are elements in the armed forces who are mentally affected by the conflict and are now bent of attacking the public. Perhaps those who have seen long periods of combat should be subject to phsychiatric examination and treatment.

  15. I really didnt think it would end this way here it is — proof.
    Finally after about many blogs and rounds of gossip it will be told that this is another way that murderous sinhalese are subjugating other communities.

    Grease yakka story is not new.

    This is my version as I listen to a radio called Neth FM in the mornings.
    Neth FM carried a story with recorded interviews and live telephone calls about a serial murderer NOT IN THE EAST but in the south. The fact was that the serial murderer preyed on olde women and had murdered a few. The serial murderer has been caught and sent to jail. Hence there was a confucion was there another serial murderer.

    The word Grease Yakka was coined by the press as the purpeted murderer used to appear and disappear instantly.

    The word spread amongst women and almost every woman in the villagers saw a grease yakka. Fater sensationilised by live radio which actually encourages public to take action if the police dont people caught any stranger and either hammered or murdered them.

    Illiterate estate women became another set that saw grease yakka and my own maid refuced to come back due to a Giris Yakka lurking nereby.

    A sad end to two lives were recorded in Castlereigh Area where two ordinary villagers who had gone to collect moeny from persons to whom they had sold some mats were murdered. It was sad to see the families left behind as shown on TV news.

    The story then spread to the east.

    So DBSJ your reproduction of the WAN report has the following statement. I quote ‘Many of the attacks have occurred in the Northern and Eastern provinces. The victims are generally Tamil speaking Tamil and Muslim women.’ unquote is not quite the whole truth.

    Even the statement, However, while people have alleged that there is a connection between the military and the attackers, this is yet to be proven. ‘ unquote is another canard to pin the story of a grease yakka on the military.

    To the readers of this blog what I have written is true please dont twist the ‘Grease Yakka’ story into a racial one with the fingers being pointed to the Military.

    We all know who wants the Military out of certain areas of this country.

    I am waiting to see when the Grease Yakka would appear in the North so that Channel 4 could do a documentary.

  16. These grease yakkas should be known to the local populace. Beggars who are begging near by their residence may not want their friends and relatives to know about their profession. In those cases they put on some black paint to their face covering everything except their eyes.

    Again in some instances where when you are near to a pilgrimage place and people from near and far will be visiting that place some beggars may be noticed to put on some fancy make up like painting their bodies with silver paint and standing like a statue.

    These people want to earn money out of begging but do not want to be identified.

    Likewise these grease Bhoothams must be known to the local populace. They do come under the painting of grease to give themselves a cover.

  17. The GOSL will have to act very cautiously dealing with this problem. Some elements want to create panic and a culture of fear in the society. A covert external influence may also be possible. See what was happening in Libya and Syria. The externnal forces help initiate a insurrection, and then support the insurrection openly with arms. Anything is possible, and there are external forces waiting to create chaos again in SL.

  18. ‘Grease’ Devil related violence in Jaffna

    Reuters report from Tuesday, Aug 23:

    By Shihar Aneez and Ranga Sirilal

    COLOMBO (Reuters) – Sri Lankan authorities on Tuesday arrested more than 100 people that threw rocks at police and soldiers who stopped them from chasing men thought to be “grease devils,” or nighttime prowlers who have sparked an island wide spate of deadly violence.

    At least five people including a police officer have been killed over the past two weeks in bouts of vigilantism and clashes, prompting deployment of the army and opposition accusations that the government may use the panic to keep wartime emergency laws in place.

    Roughly 40 “grease devil” incidents have been reported in nine districts of the country, mostly in areas inhabited by minority Muslim or Tamil people as the government and opposition trade blame over the crisis.

    Traditionally, a “grease devil” was a thief who wore only underwear and smeared grease over his body to evade capture.

    But it became known as a nocturnal assaulter after a series of ultimately unrelated murders of elderly women arose in a southern area populated by the majority Sinhalese people.

    The latest clash, in the military-controlled northern city of Jaffna, followed a familiar pattern. People chased unidentified men thought to be “grease devils,” and then threw rocks at security forces who stopped them from pursuit.

    “When the police searched the area for grease devils, people reacted angrily. So police took 100 people for questioning,” military spokesman Brigadier Nihal Hapuarachchi said. A total of 102 were later arrested.

    Nevin Pathmadeva, senior superintendent of police in Jaffna, said 22 people including four police officers were injured.

    Three area residents told Reuters the army shot into the air when they tried to chase the men, who ran into a nearby military camp. Police and soldiers later beat them with batons.
    “I saw black-coloured grease men with bare bodies and underwear running into the army camp when the military blocked us from chasing them,” one of the three residents told Reuters.

    All three spoke on condition of anonymity, for fear of angering the authorities. The government has warned of severe punishment for anyone spreading “grease devil” rumours.

    “DO NOT JOKE WITH THE FORCES”

    Jaffna has been under military control since 1995, when the army wrested it back from the Tamil Tiger separatists. Sri Lanka defeated the Tigers in May 2009, ending a 25-year civil war.

    Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s younger brother and a decorated infantry officer who was the architect of the war victory, said the security forces had nothing to do with the “grease devil” mayhem.

    “Surrounding military camps and attacking the forces are terrorist acts. Our forces are capable of facing any threat after facing a 30-year brutal terrorist war. So do not try to joke with the forces,” he said at a meeting with leaders of mosques, which the government has said it will protect.

    Sri Lanka has suffered from widespread impunity that has flourished amid three insurgencies since 1971, and public anger at ineffective policing has frequently turned violent.

    “People in frustration have sought to take law in to their own hands,” the Women’s Action Network, a body of women’s groups working with victims of sexual violence in northern and eastern Sri Lanka, said in a statement.

    (Writing by Bryson Hull; Editing by Yoko Nishikawa)

  19. There is no such Yaka. It is all fabricated. This story was created by a TV channel. There is a big competition among TV channels. Therefore they create such stories. Now the trend is to attribute this Yaka to Police and Forces. In Hatton area residents in a estate captured two Greas Yakas and hacked them to death. Those Yakas were not Police or Military Personnal. The estate residents were tamil and those 2 people were also tamil. They were innocent vendores who walk home to home and sell their goods. Those attakers could have easily inquired them about there reasons to appear in that area. But so many thanks to the media and to so called liberators, Those tamil estate workers knew those two were difinitely Yakas and they dilivered justice. Some residents of Puttalam area captured a Yaka. A policeman intervened and found that he was only a drunken fisherman. Those residents were not happy with that finding. They decided to punish the policeman and cut him with swords and killed. After that they labeled him as the Yaka. So many thanks again to those medias and to liberators, not a single young man can go to a village where he is not known. Very wise Villagers know he is a Yaka and punish him. When they were about to be punished they run to a safe place. That is the human nature. That place could be a police post, a sentry point or a temple as said in your statement. Then Yaka become Military personnal or buddhists. Simple conclusion.

    I am also living in a rural village. Many strangers come to my village for many reasons. We never take them as Yakas. There are sex maniacs in every country including our country. They are mentaly sick people. Capturing and killing them is not the solution. We should protect them also. But see what is happening.

    We should tell the truth (Truth dosen’t taste sweet and doesn’t bring money, how pathetic?.)See the incidents of the statement above. No one has captured a Yaka and no credible evidence to prove it. All are hearsay. There are interested partys who aggragate such incidents.

    Don’t forget, our people like to belive Mysterios stories. Those stories fly very fast. Can you remember the story we learnt in our childhood days ” Gamarala Kaputo Hath Denek Wamane kala”

  20. Only way for tamils UN protection, thease sinhala evil grease never let us live in peace. sinhala evil forces must be removed and UN must protect our people.

  21. Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa says the state of emergency is our baby. It is very clear that the “Grease Devel” is Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s baby created to extend the emergency. These “Grease Devels” are nothing but the members of the Sinhala Armed Forces attacking the Tamil and Muslim women.

    It is high time that the Tamils and Muslims of North and East should unite against this government and the “Grease Devel” chief Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

  22. As Dr JJ put it, Gota Rajapakse is the Satan! Put some Grease on Gota and he is the ‘Grease Yaka’ who comes in the White Van!

  23. So I believe emergency rule won’t be lifted any time soon? So corruptions, abductions, detentions, violations, killings, and arrests will continue? When will we see a fear free/intimidation free Sri Lanka?

  24. What is the composition of this WAN?.

    Who calls the shots in this Organization?.

    “GREASE PIYAS” were supposed to roam all parts of the rural south, attacking women ,not that long ago.

    I am sure News Paper archives will have many reports on these incidents.

    Several people were bashed and even killed by vigilantes during that period.

    WAN tries hard to implicate the Govt here. by trying to give the impression that the Army and the Police are trying to protect the Grease Devils.

    How the JVP terrorized the South with their hand bills is still fresh in our memory.

    How the LTTE instilled fear among all citizens through their campaigns I am sure are fresher.

    The Govt must catch these trouble makers and dispatch them soon.

    It also must protect the innocent, when the mobs attack anyone and every one, and the proven trouble makers, like the Underground Elements. former Insurgents and their Political allies hijack these mobs to full fill their own agendas.

    Also the anti Govt Opposition groups must be salvating , seeing the rebels now marching in to Tripoli.

    Wouldn’t it be ideal if Srilankan Opposition elements and their support base, local and overseas can build up a Popular Opposition movement to take the Lead and the Arms in case the NATO and the US decide to do a Libiya in Srilanka..

  25. Earlier it was kidnapping for ransom affected only Moslems and Tamils and now pre-dominantlty these acts are reported from Minority inhabited areas where, the armed forces are at full strenghth with numerous check posts and cantonments.

    Very interesting indeed.

    It must be the LTTE rump or diaspora tourists!

  26. How true is the rumour leading figures in the superstitious regime have been advised by their favoured kattadiyas if they are to survive and overcome “the bad times” they are now going through they will have to perform a Thoilaya with the blood of 2,500 women (from the enemy camp)? Many of the bizarre stories of the yakas coming in and escaping in State vehicles in the Tamil areas floating around coincide with the eerie happenings in a country virtually gone mad. No doubt the wider readership will have much more to relate.

    ISS

  27. I do not want to get in to the above argument, but agree with Maithree’s comments above. Even in Martin Wickramasinghe’s Madol Duwa book, there is a mention of a oily thief. So this phenomena is coming from the early 1900s. But more importantly, as an university academic involved in sanitation, I note WAN report repeatedly saying about children and young women “going to toilet” in the nearby jungles. What about providing them with a simple toilet near their houses, and get rid of this bad habit of defecating/ urinating in the open. Aren’t these people afraid of snakes in the bush. Sometime back we did some sanitation work in Chilaw area, where the caostal shrubs were destroyed by prawn ponds. The women (from all three communities) reported that they cannot go to toilet in daylight as there are no shrubs, and have reduced their water input. The lack of toilets has become a nutrition issue. The only cover they had were beached boats. Then the boat owner complained that “Jealous” villagers defacate near his boats.

  28. Thank you Maithree.
    It just goes to show the credibility of WAN.
    This kind of reporting is not new trying to turn everything racial and anti military.
    Thanks for your comments. I also mentioned the same.

  29. Dear Mfern,

    please read my comments and of maithree. The one to be found fault here is WAN for not telling the truth and the whole truth. WAN I suppose is like most othere telling and crying about the last 6 months of the war without telling the WHOLE story of 30 years of war.

  30. According to the WAN report I feel this is something that MUST BE investigated in depth. I earlier thought this is just another anti-govt move and could be an exagerrated con art of JVP mixed with other interested parties looking to make govt unease.

    But, apparently it is not. If the govt is trying to do bloody jokes with the fate of people for some petty gains, they should realise this will be the begining of their very end. Whoever do these in organised ways need to know this has nothing to do with being smart, other than bloody stupid. If you try to find solutions for things in this way, well, all I can say is ‘God save Sri Lanka from idiots running the govt or politics!’.

    I don’t think this has any relation to what happened in Kahawatta. Only thing is whoever organise these must be manipulating Kahawatta incidents, knowing ‘the impact’ it did in confusing the civil society. Kahawatta incidents were not one man’s work, but it did a big chaos in getting people believed of such a thing.

    Mr.President, if these are the cheap tactics you want to use in running a govt with people suffered to the max, all I can say is your days will be numbered, unfortunately.

  31. Dear Yogesh,

    please read my cooments a little down and of Maithree. you will realise whi is telling the truth here.

  32. Dear Hassan,

    please read my comments a little down and of Maithree. you will realise who is telling the truth here. WAN telling half truths shows a little tiger spots under the skirt?

  33. Dear Kumar,

    please read my comments a little down and of Maithree. you will realise who is telling the truth here.
    This is not a case of state terrorism. WAN is not telling the whole story but pointing fingers at the SLA. Shame on WAN … but thats the way it is. only way to get overseas funds is to talk about state terroris.

  34. Dear infant,

    please read my comments a little down and of Maithree. you will realise who is telling the truth here. Everything finally has a racial twist and finger pointing towards the Govt or Security forces. Its a combined stratergy to bring attention and credibility to channel4 and other stories.

    How it goes is that if something happens in Tamil speaking area highllight it as racial one and … Bingo.

    No they will not tell the whole story… It does not bring in revenues.

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  36. Dear JE,

    please read my comments a little down and of Maithree. you will realise who is telling the truth here.

    What credit can you give to an organisation that perhaps has a hidden agenda.

    Thanks to DBSJ for publishing this kind of reports so that we can expose who is telling the truth here.

  37. Dear NIrmala,

    please read my comments a little down and of Maithree. you will realise who is telling the truth here.

  38. Dear Jmuthu,

    please read my comments a little down and of Maithree. you will realise who is telling the truth here.

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  40. After all, ours is the best Army in the world, so what’s happening in SL?

    If these forces can’t take control of the situation, tell the girls to keep some acid in a bottle for their defense/safety, just in case the ‘GREES YAKA’ harasses them; let them have nice wash or indulge in acid bath.

    BRAVO!

    Hip hip hip hooray!!!

    See what’s happening in Lybia?

    Those who live by the sword die by the sword!

    Those who lives by the Dhamma, will be protected by the Dhamma!

    So we’ll wait patiently to see the consequences.

    Jayawewa Aishcharyamath Sri Lanka!!1

  41. Some acid bath/wash will soon find the answer to this headache which is difficult even to fix by our so called “the best defence force in the world including our police force”.

    They are asking for trouble.

    After all Sri Lankans are who like to fish in the trouble waters as appeared in New York Times some time back!

    So this is it. We are not used to live peacefully as now we have immune to live with the problems not without problems.

    These narrow minded people will be real “YAKKOS” in their next births.

    We should try to understand their minds. Their so vulnerable because their parents didn’t know how to show their kids the clear path to Nirvana because they too had been sinners in this world, instead they have shown the dirty rod to the HELL. Let them do their part and get what they deserve. should

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  43. Infant finally you sound like a grown up! All of these sexual perverts are members of the Sri-Lankanarmed forces hired by the the ministry of defence. This is an other kind of terror tactics unleashed on tamil speaking woman.This situation is an other example why we, the tamil speaking people should have our own police and court ect. This gotha is doing nothing to curb this. That means he gives his tacit support to his forces to prey on inocent Tamil speaking women. How does he feel if his own daughter is attacked by a grease devil.It is time our islamic brothers and sisters realised that Sri-Lankan regime will never protect them, never treat them as equal citizens. All the Tamil speaking people of this island should come together to fight our independence. We can live peacefully with dignity in the independent Thamileelam. I want all the hill country Tamils, Islamic Tamils and the Sinhalese who live in NE for long time come together and fight for our freedom using non violent means.

  44. The NE is a highly militarized region. How are these criminals getting past the soldiers? The civilians have already been through hell, this sort of unrest is like rubbing salt into open wound. The government needs to get its act together and rule responsibly.

  45. Who is telling the truth? GOTA or WAN. Another Ch4 video will expose the truth. The some army personnel will send this video to Ch4 very soon.

  46. Mr Sengutuan got it wrong.

    It is Thovilaya mot Thoilaya.

    It is laughable that a person, who has close relatives or friends or, at least aware of people of his ethnic group who rub, granite statues to get pregnant are poking fun at the Sinhalese.

    As a person who got great pleasure watching these Thovilayas in the neighborhood I can assure that only blood that was spilt was from a chook that was sacrificed in the heavy duty performances which were rare.

    Mr Sengutuan who is familiar with mass scale sacrifice of four legged animals on regular basis to please his Gods, must be trying to put a new spin to Thovilaya by introducing Tamil Women’s blood to make it look worse than than the sacrifices of his camp.

    According to the Broad Sheets today, the culprits behind this new campaign of terrorism are quite obvious.

    Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s assurance that the safety and freedom of everyone will be guaranteed is reassuring to the great majority, who are enjoying peace and freedom for the last two years.

    The Terrorists , ex Terrorists Thugs and their political allies must take notice of the Defence Secs assurances.

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  48. Sri Lanka’s Tamil-speaking citizens of North and East are today being presented with a stark choice by the Sinhala government, either live with the continued heavily militarization of their areas, or risk attack by “GREASE DEVILS”.

    This is no conspiracy theory. `Grease devils` pursued by residents HAVE OFTEN FLED TO LOCAL MILITARY CAMPS OR POLICE STATIONS. Those caught in the Tamil areas are usually SINHALA SPEAKERS. In one instance the captives admitted to being members of the paramilitary Civil Defence Force, which also comes under the Defence Ministry. In several instances, furious residents have attacked police officers or besieged police stations and military camps when SECURITY FORCES ARE SEEN TO BE HARBOURING THE PROWLERS. Security forces have responded by firing on protestors.

  49. From grease devil to mystery man , it seems the Rajapaksa regime has got their agenda working. The justification for the military and security forces to be out on the streets, not only in the East, but from the Eastern coast to the North Western coast, including the Central province, has been well established for now. The Emergency Regulations extended or not, the Opposition for sure and this society as well, for another round of events, would not challenge the military out in force and in control of the society. It gave this regime enough justification to have the military back on the streets with some social acceptance and the Muslim leaders asking for security. This seems the end of this greasing of society for now with the military back in strength.

  50. Col.Gadaffi hides into Sri Lanka, so the country wants to divert international community to other matters like theses devils.Gothapaya arrange special regiment fro the army amounted around 1000Nos to grease devil. Western intelligentsia already smell the news about Gadaffi’s entrance into Sri Lanka.

  51. Dear Maithree,
    Where you storey fails is here.

    You said “When they were about to be punished they run to a safe place. That is the human nature. That place could be a police post, a sentry point or a temple as said in your statement. Then Yaka become Military personnal or buddhists. Simple conclusion”

    How come then none of these people who ran for safety to the SL security forces camp were not captured and by the security forces and handed over to the police as you suggested in your storey? To the contrary, the people who pursued those grease devils were punished by the SL forces.

    Good attempt in trying to fool the rest of us like how you are all trying with the CH4 vedio. – The succcess rate would be same on this one too.

    The latest news is that in Jaffna a number of the 100+ civillians arrested by the military personal are admitted to the hospitalwith broken limbs. – What MR said again? Gun in one hand and a book in one hand? Did MR misunderstood human naked pictures (pornography material) for human rights charter?

  52. Of course, an occupying force ought to carry out such psychological warfare to intimidate, frighten, subjugate and make the occupants neurotic to enable the occupation effective and ever-lasting.

  53. Greasey Gota need not follow a white Cameron. He has Prof.Dr. R.Guneratne the MOD
    Security Consultant, who may be behind this set-up, to prove how Dictatorial
    Democracy is a way of home-grown Governance.

  54. Be careful, some people are using Sinhala filthy words in your website in the guise of their pseudonyms and as twisted wordings. Let’s protect the standard of the site.

  55. Dilshan F ..read the Reuters news reports on this matter. The original Yakka scare is built upon by ‘uncontrolled’ ruling family members. It is a shame that you don’t see the pattern in North and East.

  56. Are you saing that these “grease yakka” stories are all false? That you from where ever you are, have magical powers to asses what these illiterate and ignorant peasants go through? From war, you have the ability to see under skirts declare that “WAN telling half truths shows a little tiger spots under the skirt?

    You say..”However, while people have alleged that there is a connection between the military and the attackers, this is yet to be proven”. When people chase these yakkas in to army camps (http://www.lankanewspapers.com/news/2011/8/70045_space.html) and the army is unable or unwilling to find these fellows in these so called secure fortresses, a reasonable person would establish a connection between the army and these yakkas. But reason has never been your strong point, has it?

    “To the readers of this blog what I have written is true please dont twist the ‘Grease Yakka’ story into a racial one with the fingers being pointed to the Military”. It is not simply a racial story, its the story of the undisciplined and out of control armed forces.

    We all know who wants the Military out of certain areas of this country. Yes, Its us civilized people who want the military out of the people’s lives

    You people will be soon wailing (To paraphrase Father Neimoller),

    First they came for Kandasamy and Paremeswary
    and Ie didn’t speak out because I wasn’t Tamil
    Then they came for Mohammed and Rehana
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasnt a Muslim,
    Then they came for the Poddala Jayantha and Prageeth Eknelygoda
    and I didn’t speak out because I didnt have a conscience
    Then they came for Dilhan and Podimenike,
    and there was no one left to speak out for us

    If you read publications other than the Ceylon Daily News and JHU propoganda, you will know that the “grease yakkas” are in the North and East. So your wait maybe over soon!

  57. “The Govt must catch these trouble makers and dispatch them soon.”

    Dispatch them, where and how? And who is them?

  58. dilsanf,

    I think ch4 will wait until, Srilanka take military action (bomb north east, kill civilians before killing yaka).

    🙂

  59. Dear Jeyaraj,

    This phenomenon initialy originated from Kahawattha in the district of Rathnapura which comes under Sabaragamuwa. That is out of North and East. All the victims were Sinhala elderly females. When the perpetrators apprehanded they were found to be Tamil estate workers. They were mentaly ill people. All the medias gave a huge publicity for the incidents but little about perpetrators. Because they didn’t want to reduce the anthusiasm of the genaral public. They wanted to keep the Yaka alive.

    Then two vendors were murdered at Hatton. It is also out of North and East. It is in Nuwaraeliya Ditrict. Victims and culprits, both were Tamils. No sinhalese were involved.

    A policeman was killed at Puttlam. The killers were Muslims and victim was Sinhalese. That is also out of North and East. There are so many other incidents happened out of North and East. There were victims as well as culprits from every community. But see what these NGO s are doing. In there report they have portraite this to be a racial conflict. This is how they damage to our freindship and our brotherhood. We have had enough. We lost many people. I lost my brother. If we act wisely at least now we can build our freindship and harmony again and avoid the repetition of the bad part of our history.

    Thank you very much for providing an oppertunity to discuss this matter.

  60. Truth is Gota and the brothers are doing it for there own intentions..
    The deverstation is all these poor people are in trouble again …
    The solution is people of sri lanka must work out to remove this idiot leaders and get someone like Ranil who can serve eaqualy to all comunities….

  61. DBS
    u r trying to pretend that u r a genuine journalist. u have proven that u r such poisonous commodity.

    Why?because I called your bluff?……………DBSJ

  62. Is gaddafi staying with Gothabaya or Mahinda? I can get $1.5million from Libyan rebels if I locate him.

  63. DilshanF

    ” We all know who wants the Military out of certain areas of this country “.

    I am beginning to think you are a hardliner masquerading as a moderate. In fact, your clumsy attempt to distort gives the impression that you are desperately trying to cast aspersions on the WAN report. These attacks are seen as a ploy to justify the permanent militarization of the NE for which you are offering tacit approval.

    Have a feeling that you are as slippery as the grease devils. Expecting you would switch over to the peace maker mode as usual to conceal your real orientation.

    The reference to Ch4 in this context is frivolous.

  64. Ajith, consider yourself lucky you got comment posted.If I were DBSJ I will totally censor low fellow like you

  65. Grease yakkas must be having a devilish sense of humour.I can imagine them getting together in the daylight hours in the army and navy camps and holding their sides and laughing, talking about their escapades,especially the ones where the poor woman runs from the bushes midway through a pee when she sees them.

    As an afterthought i,am thinking what if these were real yakkas.The ones that used to roam the jungles of srilanka in ancient times. The spirits of the occult won’t be happy with more and more human encroachment into their habitat.Maybe they have had enough and want to chase the humans away.Maybe i’am more susceptible to this way of thinking because iam a sheila,but i sure am grateful to the fact that i can at least pee in peace here in the west.

  66. Good one Maithri. But it’s difficult to form an openion straight away, having too many incidents recorded as evidence and having almost every incident to do something with police and army. I would say it’s definetely a NEW thing and an organised work rather than isolated incidents. I don’t think anyone can generalize this sort of Greas Yakas like it happened to be with traditional grease yaka. Things wouldn’t have happened at this scale and this frequently and this violantly, if it was involving only traditional grease yakas operating individually. If it is not govt, it must be a work of some interested group that try to fish in troubled water. The last thing it could be is, war ravaged, excitement seeking, bored people of Sri Lanka which is nothing but a serious social disaster.

  67. Now Key-Board Tigers get a point to bark at the government.

    If the ARMY sends these Grease Devils, why they go unarmed and get chased by people?

    Now ordinary people are unable to walk in the night in the Tamil speaking areas. I think those devils always run into the direction of Police stations or army camps in oreder to make an impression that Police and Army involved in this affair!

    This is clearly a work of the forces who want to destroy peace and try to flameup the HATE which is the politics of the Tamil areas!

  68. WAN has documented the events, as a government should show they are genuinely taking action about the devils.
    Navanthurai incident clearly shows that the devil from Army and also the army not willing to take action about them because of the order top.
    TNA was raised the issue on parliament even though none of the devil has been identified.

    Best Regards,
    Ratnam.

  69. Thanks DBS,
    You have written the well hidden story that Tamils and Muslims are suffering with this hidden man (Grease men).
    If really police is working on this regard, Police has to report them to court, then court will listen from them and explain to the people about these captured grease devils. Why police did not say anything about captured grease men?
    Thats the people’s question. It does not matter who is doing which is Government or some hidden hands or thieves. No matter, there should be transparent judgement is necessary.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    I have not written this.It is Written by the WAN.I have only posted it.Cant you guys read please

  70. ardneham,the instant judge and the jury. You drag R Guneratne into the scene out of the blue. He must have offended you somewhere 🙁

  71. Dear Chinthaka,

    I also in the same boat of thought that you had in the earlier, After the discussion with few colleagues on the ground I was shocked. Even I have made a comment regarding the devil in last DBSJ blog.

    There are so many story spreading in the island about the devil. Mr. Gothabaya has revealed the information about the story in media yesterday about the funny ideologies.

    I have contacted a school principal from Jaffna after the Navanthurai incident, He said that some eyewitness there the devil went into army check point when the people chase them.

    So there is no need in deep investigation about the truth behind. Gothabaya is solely responsible for the disturbing action against the women.

    I would suggest to rajapakshe regime to that they shall go and cut/ make injury on their wives and daughters ; don’t paly with innocent women lives in the island.

    Regards,
    Ratnam.

  72. Ch4 video? LMAO.

    Now how many grease devils has killed any one from the public? But how many innocent that these ‘public” has killed in cold blood?

  73. 3d, so you are saying that MAJORITY of grease devil attacks are against Tamil speaking (now look at the twisting of the facts, These tamil speaking muslims were thrown out of Jaffna in order to ethnically cleanse North by Tamil chauvanists, and still there’s no apology for them from Tamil community) women?

    I am sure that you are on the weed. Majority of the attacks are in south. And it is the Tamil chauvinists who want Army out of N & E to start another separatists movement.

  74. [How come then none of these people who ran for safety to the SL security forces camp were not captured and by the security forces and handed over to the police as you suggested in your storey?]

    Actually they have done it in Kinniya, and it was this poor public wanted them to be handed over to them to be killed in cold blood. What is your proof to say that they were never handed back?

  75. Costa
    I am sure we did’t miss much since this guy is really a low life as you’ve said

    Thanks DBS for saving us the agony of reading Ajith

    You are welcome………….DBSJ

  76. //u r trying to pretend that u r a genuine journalist.//
    Trying to pretend? LOL. What a crap? DBS is doing the right thing as a journalist. Good for him that he is not in SL, otherwise the count would have been increased by one long ago. So pathetic.

  77. ” This is clearly a work of the forces who want to destroy peace and try to flame up the HATE which is the politics of the Tail areas!”

    Who is these forces that your areferring to?. Is it the same UNPers or TNA?. Do not know similar incidents have happened in areas outside NE too. You failed to read comments made by Dilshan F and Mithree and others. So pls do not try to put a racial spin to this, but rather look at WAN intent, although you may argue that % attempts Greese uncles made on Tamil women is far and excess of the 8% they represents in the total population.

    Does not matter where it happens, where is the law enforcement, what do they do?. It is their duty for the forces to rescue those who ran in to camps for their life, but then why can they let the justice takes its course by handing them in to Police. At the least why cannot, name and shame those who involved. I think there are forces in the forces trying to discredit the patriotic forces, do not think Sampanthan or Mavai are capable of doing these sort of things.

    Irony is, here some commentators do not give a damn about the plight of those affected nor those who lives in fear but trying to throw some mud on massanger- WAN and, some on DBSJ for publishing it. So desparate that they see some tiger stripe on WAN.

    I feel sorry for those who had been killed due to mistaken identity, if indeed that storey was true. The responsibility to restore law and order is rest with GoSL.

  78. Oh Sivanathan!

    you ask..”If the ARMY sends these Grease Devils, why they go unarmed and get chased by people?”
    and say “I think those devils always run into the direction of Police stations or army camps in oreder to make an impression that Police and Army involved in this affair!”
    “This is clearly a work of the forces who want to destroy peace and try to flameup the HATE which is the politics of the Tamil areas!”

    Of course, you know more about the situation sitting behind a keyboard somewhere that those actual terriefied illiterate peasants.

    So tell us what is going on and who is behind all this (with some proof please). I would love to know.

  79. DilshanF:

    Read your little comment little down, yet could not realise who is telling the truth. Your comment made it harder than otherwise. Combined strategy by whom? You said many times, you live in SL, so you know as I do, who do you think in control in SL now? Do you say these incidents are pure illusions of some, and a conspiracy by anti- GoSL? One of the appalling comments that I noticed made by you, in that you saw no sympathy for those women who traumatised directly resulting from or others who have been living in fear by these low acts of some morons. I am talking about the weaker sex, not particularly a- S,T or M- woman. Aiding these morons in the name of reconciliation is something similar to playing with fire as you know we all have our females loved ones- wives, sisters, daughters, etc. If I let these evils to roam freely, no sooner they will show up in my backyard, and I do not want to see mine are going through such ordeals. Guess you would not see yourselve in the same situation. Crimes are to be condemned, and the worse thing is trying to shoot the messenger. Grow up, this is more serious than the politics.

    Feel sorry for those who were killed by the mob due to mistaken identity. Unfortunately they appeared to have been in the wrong place at wrong time.

  80. why government not take the action against grease yakka.let journalist should need to take international focus for grease yakka other wise no way it will going on.it is a big network grease yakka.

  81. kalu

    When is your birthday.I can send it to you as a birthday present. You in turn can send it to someone else as a birthday present,once the novelty wears off.Be careful and don’t send to srilankans because it might come back to you on your birthday with the sender forgetting you were the original gift wrapper.

    It is nicely preserved in a jar of vinegar to maintain freshness.

  82. DBS,
    Your beloved readers , most of them , seem that they read only the others replies to give counter replies rather than reading your posting of WAN report.

    just thought to share .

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Please do not insult the readers.The readers of this blog exceed five figures each week. At times it reaches six figures

    Comment on this blog are only in their hundreds. They neither represent nor reflect the readers

    I continue to maintain this blog and the websites only because of the large volume of readers.I dont want to disappoint them

    As for the comments except for a few rare ones the rest are utterly worthless. I have thought of stopping the comments section altogether but am yet to decide conclusively

    What say you?

  83. Kanian says:
    All the Tamil speaking people of this island should come together to fight our independence. We can live peacefully with dignity in the independent Thamileelam.
    —————————–
    Kanian, your brilliant solution to ‘grease devil’ problem is missed by the Women’s Action Network report.

    Why not join or fund the WAN and see that you get your suggestions implemented !

    Your brilliant mind is exposed !

  84. I agree with maithree. This did start in regions out side N&E. However the fear psychosis has given rise to this unwanted reaction by the public of these regions.

    This highlights the insecurities of the N&E women and the people as a whole. Their fears of the military is the main reason pointing the finger at them although the stories lack solid evidence.

    I would say that the situation has gone out of hand & mob hysteria has taken over.

    Reading the above report by the WAN there are few conclusions we can arrive at:
    1. the mistrust towards the law enforcement authorities & politicians by the people.

    2. how the media reports/rimours can evoke fear psychosis and the generate mob hysteria.

    3. the lack of sensitivity of the authorities to address the public needs of security.

    4. lack of strong leadership in the village level to guide the people towards a stable solution.

    5. how fragile the situation of war affected women & societies post war.

    Whatever the short comings of this WAN report it had given some insight to a current, largely misunderstood incidents in Sri Lankan rural areas.

    I hope a wise leader will take control of this situation.

  85. This “yakka” started its episodes in the Hill country first. Then I thought the “yakka” was “thonga Veeraiya” of the sixties arrived with the Tamil Nadu tourists who are doing business and cheating the less educated population in the estates.

    Then the “yakka” was moving to EAST and North.

    I agree the Law enforcement failed to identify these yakkas.

    Now, after the incidents at Navanturai, I feel this Hill Country “thonga Veeraiya” has been duplicated by some elements in the army and police.

    Under the emergency more powers are vested with the Army and Police. If the Emergency Rule vanish, Police and Army has to lose more power as well as the INCOME (Overtime, special allowances etc).

    Now the EMERGENCY is out and Army cannot do anything as it did before. The samething to the Police too.

    The yakka elements in the army and police, wanted to continue the EMERGENCY to make more money.

    Now the emergency gone and the army has to confined to the barracks.

    Coming days will tell more about the real intentions of the “YAKKA”.

  86. Question:Who tried to climb the greasy pole?

    Correct answer:the grease yakka

    congratulations!!!!you have won a 2 week holiday to northeast srilanka.Included is a guided night tour of grease yakkas(devils with grease all over their bodies)chasing peeing women(women peeing in bushes).If lucky you could also have glimpses of grease devils in underpants only being chased by villagers and running into military camps.Excitement galore with villagers stoning military and miitary firing back. Authentic and genuine unlike put up shows and fakes in the south tourist destinations such as hikkaduwa. Live bullets and real blood safari.

    We emphasise that this is a srilanka tour,as some passeners thought they were getting off in Athens on a previous tour.

  87. Hi DBS,
    Before implementing lastline ensure room for dialog and discussion is not lost which is the sole purpose of your web I suppose.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    It is not the sole purpose. But is this happening right now?Are people not abusing each other and abusing the blog also?

  88. Hi DBS,
    Whatever the story once you get doctors recommendation per WAN report it doesn’t matter private or public that will provide credible evidence as to what happened and no need of underwriting from politicians if they influence public hospitals.
    When some segments of civilian administration has no guidance due to political interference like provincial councils or corrupted to the core in general, I won’t hold my breath when it’ll return to normalcy the Nth and East in particular. I have notice there is a strong presence of security forces in the north who should be returned to barracks once the emergency is lifted rather than maintaining this condition as an excuse to fool the masses.

  89. Re this website, i think the readers of this website ideally ought to pay a small subscription fee. This free lunch is too good to be free!

    I think the comments section is good and I enjoy reading your responses to some comments.

    By the way, do I make worthy comments?!

    You do………….DBSJ

  90. DBSJ..just a thought… going by my experience i would risk venturing the guesS that when A POP-UP IN THE NATURE OF THESE SO-CALLED ‘GREASE DEVIL’ ATTACKS HAPPENS AT A SPECIFIC JUNCTURE AS THE PRESENT, I, FOR ONE, WILL TAKE NOT TOO MUCH NOTICE BUT WOULD INSTEAD WONDER WHETHER ANY MALA FIDE PLANS ARE BEING SURREPTITIOUSLY SET ROLLING BEHIND COVER OF SUCH ‘ PUBLIC DISTRACTIONS’ RELATING TO THE ‘WELFARE INTERESTS’ OF PEOPLE,LIKE SF. ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE IN THESE EVIL DAYS.WITH THE MOVE TO DE=FANG THE EPDP REVIVED ONCE AGAIN, SOMETHING LIKE THE’GREASE DEVIL’ STUNT WILL SUFFICE TO ORDER A FULL SCALE MILITARY CRACKDOWN IN THE EAST TO WIPE OUT THE ‘PESKY’ PILLAYAN SAGA.THEN WE HAVE OTHER THINGS SUCH AS MORE LAND ENCROACHMENTS WHICH CAN BE RUSHED THROUGH. THEY COULD SAY ” LOOK, WE LIFTED THE EMERGENCY AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS. WE’RE BRINGING IT BACK,. IN FULL FORCE! YOU GUYS ARE NOW ATTACKING ARMY CAMPS AND POLICE STATIONS [ READ THE RIB-TICKLING REPORT BY SHAMINDRA FERDINANDO IN THE “iSLAND”]

    NO SIR. I’D SAY ” LOOK OUT” SOMETHING BIG, AND VERY,VERY FISHY IS BROILING. MARL MY WORDS. THESE THINGS ARE ALL RED HERRINGS. YOU CAN’T TEACH AN OLD DOG NEW TRICKS EH!.DON’T FORGET THERE’S THIS LITTLE THING CALLED THE TNA VICTORY IN THE RECENT LG ELECTIONS AND THAT DOES NOT MEAN WHAT THE ‘LIFE’S GOOD’ AD SAYS. NO.LIFE’S NOT GOOD AND THE TNA COULD BE EXTREMELY PESKY BACK IN L;G OFFICES IN FULL FORCE…A BIG HEADACHE BACK IN PARLIAMENT AS THEY DEMAND FUNDING FOR THIS, THAT AND THE OTHER AND THE ARMY’S NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO BE BROUGHT IN TO KEEP THEM OUT OF THE LG COUNCILS.BUT A ORCHESTRATED ‘THREAT AGAINST LAW AND ORDER’ EGGED ON BY PLANTED STORIES, SUCH AS FERDINANDO’S ONE IN THE ISLAND, WILL VERY NICELY SET THE SCENE FOR THE EMERGENCY, AT LEAST IN THE NORTH AND EAST, WHERE THE TNA THREAT WILL MOUNT OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS IN LOCAL GOVT ADMINISTRATION.

    GET THE PICTURE ? THAT’S THE PICTURE IN MY FRAME.THE GOVERNMENT KNOWS THERE’S A GROUNDSWELL OF ANTI-GOVT EMOTION BUILDING UP IN THE NORTH AND EAST WITH A RESURGENT TNA ADDING TO ITS WOES.

    SO, SOMETHING’S GOTTA BE DONE…QUICK!LOOKED AT FROM ONE PERSPECTIVE, THE GOVT COULD BE SEEING THE TNA AS AN EXTENSION OF THE TGTE, NOW THAT THE LTTE MILITARY WING IS SMASHED.. AND THAT’S A NASTIER PROPOSITION, WHAT ?

    SO,ONCE AGAIN, FROM A GOVT PERSPECTIVE, EARLIER THE PRECAUTIONS ARE IN PLACE, THE BETTER. THAT’S THE ANSWER TO THE APPARENTLY MISSING LOGIC FOR THE SUDDEN SPATE OF GREASE DEVIL ATTACKS. FUNNY THAT THEY RUN INTO ARMY CAMPS FOR PROTECTION FROM THE CIVILIANS.AND AN APPEAL FOR THE GREASE DEVILS TO BE HANDED OVER IS CALLED A “ATTACK ON ARMY CAMPS”

    WHO EVER SAID THE WAR IS OVER ?

  91. Dear No Frames,
    You asked ” What is your proof to say that they were never handed back?”

    My proof is the WAN report.

    What is your proof in saying “Actually they have done it in Kinniya?”

    In addition, knowing SL security forces they could even pick-up a bystander and hand him over to the Police as the Greese devil to save their own.

  92. INFANT, DO YOU NOW SEE WHY DBSJ WON THAT AWARD? THOSE TWO SENTENCES ARE A BLOODY FULL PAGE FEATURE, WHEN YOU READ WHAT’S NOT WRITTEN BETWEEN THEM !! AAAH HA HAH HAH !

    ” AND POST THEM ON THIS SITE ” !!!!!

    WILL NEED SOME HELP FROM KEHELIYA, I FEAR.

  93. DBSJ,

    On many occasions I would read an article and glimpse through the blog just to bolster my blood pressure. It’s always the case where the arguments take a twist from the actual subject of the article. I believe you should keep the blog in place as it gives perspective of others. Being Pro-Tamil I enjoy debating with the likes of Leela, Dr Narendran and the lot.

  94. Latest of the rumors:

    First came Super man-the film became an instant hit.
    Then came batman- he was better than the super man.

    Then came spider man – he was a perfect hero.

    Now the next sensation – Grease man! yeh…ooooo yakkkk… yakkkk…. from Sri Lanka !!! Who will be the main actor RW !!

  95. use a limited censoring of the comments. Now it is improving. I think the comments make your blog more attractive.

  96. M.Sivananthan says
    I think those devils always run into the direction of Police stations or army camps in oreder to make an impression that Police and Army involved in this affair.
    ——————–

    DO you think these ‘devil’ pretenders really exist?

    Or do you imply that these are only rumors but only mythical ‘devils’ around?

  97. To the contrary, the people who pursued those grease devils were punished by the SL forces.

    ____________________

    From your repeated comments & replies it indicates that you believe the ‘devils’ really exist.

    However can you give a 2nd thought, that the so called ‘devils’ pursued & caught by the people were hammered to death. Then all of them were for mistaken identity.

    The WAN report is only highlighting one aspect of a story. The death of innocent victims of mistaken identity is a more greater crime.

    I think the armed forces are doing the right thing in protecting the mistaken identity ‘devils’ from the perusing mobs.

    You only see one side of the story don’t you?

  98. As long as the attacks are restricted to the south, it is a southern issue. The export of the southern plague to the NE is the issue here.

  99. M.Sivananthan

    Probably your reasoning is right. To extend emergency GoSL did not see any way out so takes on the weakest of weakest. NE people have gone through enough and to harass the women with these evils shows what low level the GoSL can go to execute its hidden agenda. If this does not work, then GoSL would not mind even staging a small arm group with giving up some wins to them to make it look like emergency to be extended. In this staging, a few soldiers and some innocents public could become causalities, but if that is what it takes, it would not mind. Important thing is hold on to its iron grip. I am happy that you are candid on expressing your opinion but not so others like Dilshan F and DR Naren. We should not let, or sit and watch this type of culture to pest again. Should call a spade is a spade rather than trying to invent some reasons to justify what has been happening. The act is cruel and does not provide a better image to our beautiful country, which after so long picking up in tourism sector.

  100. maithree

    This phenomenon initialy originated from Kahawattha in the district of Rathnapura which comes under Sabaragamuwa. That is out of North and East. All the victims were Sinhala elderly females. When the perpetrators apprehanded they were found to be Tamil estate workers.
    ————————————————
    huh!!As usual try to find scapegoats who are tamils,you liar.The person arrested is a former Army chap.take it from the horses mouth which is the IGP on the following link. Besides these 7 women killed that you and Dilshanf keep harping about to show that the present grease yakka phenomenon is not racially motivated is during the period july 2008 to june 2011.The seven murders were over a period of 3 years by a serial killer, while the grease yakkas are molesting women every day for the past few months.

    http://www.onlanka.com/?p=5190

    so don’t try to white wash what is happening by trying to apply grease on our head.

    Now another guy has been arrested.The previous army deserter confessed to 4 killings only. The fellow given in the link below killed two more and is a resident of kahawatta. Another one is being wanted for one more killing.Wherein is it mentioned about estate workers. These are army deserters, the bane of sinhala society giving immense trouble to the sinhalese.Are you a government propagandist like some more here on this blog to be dragging the tamils into all your shit.

    http://print.dailymirror.lk/news/front-page-news/49427.html

  101. Maithree
    There are so many other incidents happened out of North and East. There were victims as well as culprits from every community. But see what these NGO s are doing. In there report they have portraite this to be a racial conflict.
    ————————————————-
    So why don’t you tell us about the so many incidents outside the norteast er,other than the one in puttalam and nuwaraeliya. In both those cases too non sinhalese were targeted. Unfortunately innocent people were killed by an enraged mob.

    The grease yakka is clearly a racial attack on tamil speaking people,full stop.Here we go again.The governments never learns from previous mistakes starting with the racial riots of 1958 organised by that rascal SWRD.Now it is mahinda and gota organising the same but this time thinking they are clever and can camouflage and do it in a way that confuses the rest of the world as to the identity of the perpetrators.Earlier attacks on tamils,everyone knew sinhalese did it,but now they think they are clever and can disguise themselves as tamils.Limited brainpower of cunning types,thinking they are smart.

  102. Hi Dilshan F,

    Sorry mate, can’t buy your story and also very disappointed with your comments regarding this subject.

    It’s the bloody armed forces masquerading as the grease devils!

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  104. 3D

    there was no southern plague in the first place.There was only a serial killer,an ex army man who killed 7 women in 3 years. that has been overblown out of proportion by dilshanf and maithree here to make out it is not a racial issue.

  105. An Extract from saturday 27th srilanka daily mirror.No doupht now who the grease yakas are.

    The Grease Yaka (Devil) has however taken away the media spotlight and peoples’ concerns away from such serious issues. Whether intentional we will probably never know. With reports that many of the suspected grease devils who have been apprehended, belong or have belonged to the armed forces, there is a breakdown of confidence in the Government’s intentions.

  106. After the end of the war a new book started.The earlier book was full of violence against innocents both tamil nand sinhalese and muslims caught in the middle.Now the first few chapters of the new book are also going on the same trend as 1958.So far in the new book starting from june 2009 all the violence and humiliation has been by the government on the tamils. Ten to hundred years from now the sinhalese may have amnesia and curse the tamils when they hit back and make out that they are bloodthirsty monsters.

    http://www.lankaenews.com/English/news.php?id=11558

  107. Your attempt to resurrect the image of GoSL and its forces is in vein as the majority of the readers here see a clear picture of what has been happening in the name of grease devil. Known devil is better than unknown, may be the devils want some unknown in order to instil a fear psychosis in the minds of the populace so the vultures can rules the nights. You can only defend something that could be defendable. This is a law and order problem and if GoSL cannot stop this happening with the amount soldiers’ presence on the ground and an administrator on the top, it could be plausible to compare this to the “white van” set-ups.

    Rather than looking at the issue, just keeps blaming Diaspora and Ch4 will not save innocent women from these devils. Do not wait till the devil knock on your door. It is obvious that the number of attacks that happened in NE is outnumbering what happened in the rest of the country. For every thing else you have the habit of quoting the % of the population of the Tamils, when something like this happens you like to be vague and elusive. You trying to water down this as an issue common to whole SL do not fit with the image you portrayed so far, to tell the least I am disappointed. Your desperation to erect a façade against this sort of low acts is very unfortunate and regrettable. This stance does not sit well with the mind set you had when you rescued a Tamil boy whom you lent your helmet and rode him away from the trouble spots on your motorbike during 1983 riots, however you forgot to find out his name.

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  109. In democratic politics, you can expect all the extremes, pros and cons.

    But President is not with them and removed the emergency!

    Now the people and courts are empowered to deliver justice for all. Will our Tamil lawyers fight for justice according to the constitution?

    I hope the Sinhala people also respect the constitution and the constitutional rights of the people of Sri lanka!

  110. Noframes

    If majority of attacks are in the south as you claim,why don’t you list them for us?

    If this is a ploy by the tamils as you claim to get rid of military,then why are the grease yakkas running always into military camps for safety?They should be running the other way towards tamil homes?

  111. shankar says:
    so don’t try to white wash what is happening by trying to apply grease on our head.

    Are you a government propagandist like some more here on this blog to be dragging the tamils into all your shit.

    ________________________

    I don’t think any one ‘is applying grease on the head or dragging the tamils into all your shit’.

    I read the 2 links u have posted above.Only the 1st link states:
    ‘The Police, STF and Army were deployed in Kahawatta and they were alert till the killer was caught. With the support of public, Police arrested the suspect, a former security forces member, suspected of carrying out killings, he said.’

    The 2nd link states only this:
    ‘These killings took place between 2008 and June 19, 2011. The suspect who was arrested last evening had allegedly killed two of the women — on April 3 and June 19 this year. A suspect was arrested earlier by the police. Police said he had confessed to four of the killings and said one was due to a personnel dispute.’

    So how can you come to the assumption that the ‘ while the grease yakkas are molesting women every day for the past few months’ are all from the armed forces?

    The public in kahawatte area acted more responsibly with out taking the law in to their hands. Therefore the suspects were arrested.

    Why are you (and other diaspora tamils) twisting this situation in to a racial hot spot?

  112. shankar says:
    An Extract from saturday 27th srilanka daily mirror.With reports that many of the suspected grease devils who have been apprehended, belong or have belonged to the armed forces,
    __________________________________

    I did search the 27th daily mirror online as well as the print version to verify your comment. There was no article indicating your above statement.

    I would like to post this link the first 3 paras are what I want you to read.
    http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2011/08/28/greasing-the-lifting-of-emergency-rule-to-live-the-same/

    Since DBSJ is off for 2 weeks this will appear very late or may not appear at all.

  113. If the lanka e news web site claims are true the act should be condemned.

    However the public trying to take the law unto their hands and insisting what they claim is true will NOT SOLVE THE ISSUE.

    The increase vigilance of the public has cost too many innocent lives. The latest a 16 year old school boy. http://www.dailymirror.lk/news/13216-student-shot.html

    Do not justify any action by any community that brings about mob hysteria to the extent of killing another human being.

  114. Dear All,

    Since I was away for some time i couldnt respond to some cooments in reply to what I wrote.

    What I was trying to project is that even now everything has to have a racial twist.
    The grease yakka syndrome started in the predominantly Sinhala speaking areas. It was heavily publicised by the Media. The writer of the WAN report would have noted or seen these reports. however the report is one sided cleverly leaving out the critical part that the fear is all over the island.

    As I predicted the Grease Yakka did appear in the North –

    Another said I am trying to water down the WAN report. – No Its the same as the Darusman report – One sided.!!!
    Written with a hidden agenda.

    Some say that I am trying to bolster the Security Forces in the North. I dont. I want to bolster the security forces ALL OVER Sri Lanka so that I could live the rest of my life without bombs and murder.

    Some say that I am a hardliner and as slippery as the grease yakka.

    I will continue to be what I am and defend and cherish the freedom from violence this Country enjoys now.

  115. I do not believe in existance of devils.

    I do believe that the members of the armed forces are the sex maniacs out there to target the Tamil and Muslim women, as greese devils, as implied in this report.

    When the armed forces and police are the criminals or supporting the criminals, who are also members of the armed forces, it is natural for the civillian population to serve vigilante justice due to lack of trust on the forces and police.

  116. mmmmmm..interesting from the looks of it..i’m just wondering if the goverment takes away all officials, supplier from the N&E n let em be the way they were, they would be jumping up n down bout discrimination..a real twist to e story wud be if an innocent tamil police officer is hacked by sinhalese people..then it wud sky rocket in world news..
    For me it seems that we luv to live our lives by scrutinising others without trying to correct our selves..i’m sure the people who witnessed this havoc knows wot’s wot and e families of e deceased are also suffering..al are humans in e end..media n wot ever will try to take advantage of an incident..in e end this world is commercialised that we might sell our kin just to get power or money…

  117. I do not believe in devils, but I do believe members of security forces committing crimes on Tamil / Muslim women as grease devils.

    When the members of security forces are those devils, and the police become toothless to bring the perpetrators to justice, the vulnerable civillian population loses trust on their forces. – Well, the majority Tamils already do not trust the forces any way.

    When they lose trust on their security forces and become vulnerable for attacks vigelante justice becomes the norm. This is true in any society where the law and order has failed.

  118. Grease Yakkas.
    I have browsed through som of the comments.Everyone has a story to tell.In the meantime the Grease Yakkas are conitnuing to ‘attack and escape’.
    every news tem says – The army arrived on the scene and demanded from the ‘attacked’ to release the ‘grease Yakkas’.If they refused they called the police who came and took them away.Then the army and police came and attacked the already frightened civilians be they Muslims or Tamils by the grease yakkas arrested more than fifty mand are in prison.Soe ended in the hopital with broken limbs.The report from the Police and Army – ‘Civil Disobedience’.For waht reason –
    1.For attacking the army and the police that came in numbers got into their houses and attacked men women and children.
    WHERE ARE THE GREASE DEVILS who caused this this mayhem?
    protected by the army and police.

    Simply
    The GOSL has found a way by creating the grease devils to play the ‘terror tactic’ amongst the Tamil and Muslim civilians.
    After the event it gives a chance to the army thugs and police thugs to attack the muslim and Tamil innocent civilians and throw them in jails or murder them.
    starting in the hill country was sham.still has a few here and there to fool the people that its happening in the south too.Why aren’t the singhala people arrested and thrown into the jail like what the army and police did in the east to the muslims and north to the Tamils.?
    The President must step in and orer the clean up ‘ARMY GREASE DEVILS’ and ths stupid behaviour will stop.
    It is a shame and i

  119. Grease Yakkas.
    I have browsed through some of the valuable and hysterical comments.Everyone has a story to tell.In the meantime the Grease Yakkas are conitnuing to ‘attack and escape’.
    every news item says – The army arrived on the scene after the yakkas escaped or caught by the civilians and demanded from the ‘attacked’ to release the ‘grease Yakkas’.If they refused they called the police who came and took them away.Then hours later the army and police came and attacked the already frightened civilians be they Muslims or Tamils by the grease yakkas arrested more than fifty or more and some in prison.Some ended in the hopital with broken limbs.The report from the Police and Army – ‘Civil Disobedience’.
    1.For attacking the army and the police that came in numbers got into their houses and attacked men women and children.
    WHERE ARE THE GREASE DEVILS who caused this mayhem?
    protected by the army and police.

    Simply
    The GOSL has found a way by creating the grease devils to play the ‘terror tactic’ amongst the Tamil and Muslim civilians.
    After the event it gives a chance to the army thugs and police thugs to attack the muslim and Tamil innocent civilians and throw them in jails or murder them.
    starting in the hill country was a sham.still has a few here and there to fool the people that its happening in the south too.Why aren’t the singhala people arrested and thrown into the jail like what the army and police did in the east to the muslims and north to the Tamils.?
    The President must step in and order the clean up of’ARMY GREASE DEVILS’ and this stupid behaviour will stop.
    It is a shame and is digusting that in these modern times to see pics and diagrams of GREASE DEVILS in Sri Lanka as though there are ‘YAKKAS’ that the army and police cannot arrest.The great victors of the terror war.
    Are the tourists safe from these Yakkas?They are asking.
    Take a look at what order has been sent out about the great brigadier SHAVENDRA in NY,one who won the war.Looks like he is heading to prison.For fraud.!!!
    Every scenario planned and acted by the Defense is becoming a JOKE grinning back at them asking to be CAUGHT.

  120. Dear DBS,

    I need to contact you urgently. May I please have your telephone number please? I was late Gamini F’s secretary when he was the Deputy Speaker of the SL parliament. Thanks!

    Sanath

  121. Dishanf. Knock Channel 4 all you want. However I really think folks like you are ashamed of what you are seeing in the documentaries and deep inside wish these things were never exposed.

    I am not a LTTE supporter nor a separatist. However barking at channel 4 is only going to make you terrorists (both LTTE and gov) get even more exposed. I have a feeling they have even more hard proofs that shall come out. videos, witnesses, photo etc.

    You executed the captured LTTE members in the thousands. Civilians were killed in the thousands – both on purpose and by accident. It was seen as the price paid for victory, and in the Gov’s eye, the loss of lives were worth it.

    Its one thing to say ‘whats done is done and lets move on’.

    But i do hope people like you stop playing ‘dumb and dumber’.

  122. TRN

    maithree said that the killings in kahawatta were done by tamil estate workers. Since you are reading this with a toothcomb why don’t you read that too.Hence my statement not to drag tamils into all your internal problems which i referred to as shit.

    The guy who did 4 of the killings was an army deserter. hence i said army deserters are the bane of sinhala society,because i know that they are involved ina lot of crimes in sinhala areas.I did not as you say mean that the grease yakkas are military personnel because this kahawatta killings are done by a deserter.In fact i have made it clear that the kahawatta killings have nothing to do with the grease yakkas except that some whizz kid thought he can use those killings to create a grease yakka to harass the tamils and muslims.

    As for my contention that the grease yakkas were military personnel,it is because they are always running towards the military camps when they are chased.In jaffna too recently they ran into a hiding place and dressed back as military personnel and came out and the people trussed up the two and then army came and got them released and a big bloodbath was averted in the nick of time with the politicians running there.

    As for you saying that i’am trying to create a race connotation to this,mate i call a spade a spade ,and these grease yakkas are attacking tamil and muslim women only,not sinhala women. So why must i say it is not racially motivated?

    Don’t try to defend the indefensible.If the tamils do wrong i don’t defend them.In fact i attack them.I don’t care a fart for race,but i do care about human rights and for people to live in dignity in this world.That is not i think asking for too much.

  123. dear TRN

    i’am not in the habit of telling lies.I did not post the link because most of the article was about something else than the grease yakka, and also DBSj gets a bit annoyed if we post unnecessary links of other articles.However i give below the link now. You have missed it because the article is headed “are we losing the economic battle”.I read that because i am more interested in economic matters than the bloody grease yakka.My fervent hope is that before i die i will see srilanka a part of the developed world

    http://print.dailymirror.lk/opinion1/54401.html

  124. Thank you, I read your link later.

    However your wish of SL being a developed country…. may be another 20-30yrs… if we live till then… yes dream come true.

    However the values of the societies too should develop, not only materialistic developments.

    In a more positive note, during the last 2 weeks no deaths of mistaken identity.

    The next hot spot will be the UNHRC sessions in Geneva. Waiting to see the out come & our response.

  125. Oh// hear u go again!

    Yes, Kahawattha suspect was an army deserter. Agree.

    However the accusations in N&E are largely on alleged incidents. Pointing fingers at the forces in N&E are unfounded.

    your statement ‘As for my contention that the grease yakkas were military personnel,it is because they are always running towards the military camps when they are chased.In jaffna too recently they ran into a hiding place and dressed back as military personnel and came out and the people trussed up the two and then army came and got them released and a big bloodbath was averted in the nick of time with the politicians running there.’ too is from hearsay stories which is common in Sri Lankan village cultures.

    However I condemn both the extra vigilant masses turning in to mob hysteria and killing innocent persons(about 6). The forces using unlawful and forceful means to teach lessons to the young men in the north ( which is a different treatment from other regions).

    We need to make our assumptions based on facts as far as we can.

    No hard feelings anyway.

  126. Aia says:
    I feel sorry for those who had been killed due to mistaken identity, if indeed that storey was true.
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    For your information sir, there have been 6 deaths or more of mistaken identity. The last one was a school boy of 16 yrs from Kandy. The link below will give some views too.
    However my feeling is when the UNHRC sessions ends these GYs may go silent too.

    http://www.ucanews.com/2011/08/26/grease-devil-proves-a-slippery-customer/

  127. The paragraph on which you base your conclusion is pasted below.
    ‘The Grease Yaka (Devil) has however taken away the media spotlight and peoples’ concerns away from such serious issues. Whether intentional we will probably never know. With reports that many of the suspected grease devils who have been apprehended, belong or have belonged to the armed forces, there is a breakdown of confidence in the Government’s intentions.’

    Please read the words correctly this too imply ‘reports’! I do not believe that these so called ‘reports’ are very accurate.

    Of course you can believe what you want to believe.

    Any way now the main problem the govt is facing the grease that they have been applying to the foreign service!
    The UNSG advisory panel report had got a lot of that grease and escaped from our diplomatic claws to the UNHRC!

  128. TRN

    These guys who were beaten up by the army did not kill anybody or create any problems. Army just went into all the homes in the village in the night when everyone was sleeping and rounded up the young fellows and took them to the camp.Subsequently some of them were beaten up.People have a right to sleep in their own homes don’t they?If these guys were assaulting someone,then maybe there is some justification.In this case they did not lay a finger on anybody,but some guys had come to the army camp and said a grease yakka had gone in and they were probably not the chaps who have been hammered.In these kind of situations the army should be tactfull and patient with the people,instead of doing the opposite.You can’t win elections with this type of behaviour and you play right into the hands of your opponents.

  129. TRN

    If the lanka e news web site claims are true
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    What more do you want?You think they have got the doctors at the hospital to fraudulently bandage them.Everything that the government does you seem to want more and more proof to believe. Now you will say that lasantha and other journalists were also not killed and beaten up by the government and you need more proof.Why can’t you just make up your mind that these hambantota guys are thugs just like the velvetithurai guys.The tamils had a good dose of VVT and the sinhalese are getting a good dose of hambantota now.

  130. TRN
    people trussed up the two and then army came and got them released and a big bloodbath was averted in the nick of time with the politicians running there.’ too is from hearsay stories which is common in Sri Lankan village cultures.
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    Here is your ‘hearsay’ stories.Sorry DBSj,but TRN will want more and more proof that the world is indeed not flat.Thank god i don’t need to undergo torture like gallileo.If you don’t want to publish is okay with me.This incident could have resulted in a bloodbath.

    TRN,in fact blake has taken the grease yakka quite seriously and made a comment regarding it.These kind of stupid stunts backfires on the srilankan governments as usual since independence.

    [‘Grease devil’ episode develops into standoff at Tholpuram in Jaffna
    [TamilNet, Sunday, 11 September 2011, 13:06 GMT]
    An standoff that erupted between the residents of Paa’naaveddi village and the occupying Sri Lanka Army soldiers of 51-3 brigade Saturday night was contained in the last minute from deteriorating into a blood bath by the intervention of community leaders and politicians, after the residents caught two armed SLA soldiers. While the residents of the village situated in Tholpuram in Valikaamam West were chasing two alleged ‘grease devils’, two armed SLA soldiers emerged from the place where the ‘grease devils’ vanished. The two SLA soldiers were captured by the villagers and kept inside a house bound to ropes.

    More than 1,000 residents gathered Saturday night against the Sri Lanka Army that demanded the residents to free armed SLA soldiers, who were captured by the residents in Paa’naaveddi of Tholpuram in Valikaamam West, Jaffna.

    Within a few minutes of the incident, 300 to 400 SLA soldiers were deployed surrounding the protesters who were keeping the two soldiers in their captivity inside a house.

    The commanding officer of the 51-3 SLA brigade threatened the protesters saying that he had received instructions from the military hierarchy to open fire at the gathering and ‘rescued’ the soldiers from the custody of the protesters.

    However, when the SLA soldiers went further and ‘arrested’ 7 Tamil youths at the site, the residents were provoked and gathered in large number, armed with batons and clubs.

    The standoff lasted till the youths were released on the spot as demanded by the protesters. A timely intervention by the efforts of the Tamil politicians of the TNA and the UNP contained the episode into becoming a bloody confrontation, sources in Tholpuram said.

    SL ‘grease devils’ continue to appear in various parts of Jaffna despite the SL president Mahinda Rajapaksa claiming that there was no such threat as the culprits have been dealt with by his government.]

  131. Dilshan F

    Some say that I am a hardliner and as slippery as the grease yakka.
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    Slippery as an eel would be more like it.
    http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/8302371/beauty-bath-eel-swims-up-mans-penis

    I am also wondering whether you are the grease yakka.Your unusual interest with your numerous comments very early for this,usually you are late or not there at all.I remember you said you go frequently to village areas including northeast on business trips for long periods.It won’t be difficult to strip to your underpants,apply grease all over and grope these women.You could hide your car near a army camp and pretend to run towards the camp and get into the car and drive off.It may be that you just need that adrenalin rush to keep you going in the stresses of your running a business.

    In the west also these kind of perversions happen frequently generally by travelling salesmen and men whose kind of work requires them to leave their homes for long periods,but dilshan in this case people are now only having some relief after a long period of tension and you(that is if you are the grease devil,i apologise if you aren’t)i implore you have some pity and stop exarberating racial tensions and leave these poor village women in peace.

  132. Since you are so convinced about that Army is disguising as ‘grease yakka’, I do not want to change your mind. However I do have reasonable doubts.

    Please tell me in the above story, when this such wonderful coincident you state as
    ‘Tholpuram in Valikaamam West were chasing two alleged ‘grease devils’, two armed SLA soldiers emerged from the place where the ‘grease devils’ vanished. The two SLA soldiers were captured by the villagers and kept inside a house bound to ropes.’

    Now if these 2 soldiers had previously disguised as ‘Grease devils’, how have they got all cleaned out of grease and worn all clean army cloths without a fingerprint of grease!

    Why can’t you understand these are all fabricated stories pointing fingers at the army.
    There may be many army personnel on petrol. The people are deliberately looking for suspects and they are already prejudiced (like you) the army is the culprit.

    There is no proof what so ever in the above story to implicate the 2 soldiers caught were grease devils. Except that the mob saying so and suspecting them and then taking law onto their hands.

    Please be more rational in your arguments. You see what you want to see in all these rumors.

  133. The residents of Navathurai district Jaffna who were involved in a conflict with the Army over the grease devil menace , and were later taken into custody by the Army from their homes on the 22nd night had been assaulted
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    There had been an incident that day which was settled amicably but the army got activated during the night. I agree the people who were arrested may not have been involved with the earlier incident.

    I did say I do condemn this unlawful act of the army several times. I do sympathies with the victims.

    http://sundaytimes.lk/110911/News/nws_04.html

    The above link gives some details of the Nawanthurai incident.

    It also states ‘The charges included attacking an army camp and engaging in terror activities. Some 104 people were arrested after a protest outside the army camp in Nawanthurai, during which they are alleged to have thrown stones at army personnel. They were produced before the Jaffna Magistrate on August 22 and remanded.’

    This will be my last reply to your comments on this devil issue. You can hold on to your opinion but I will hold on to mine. So lets leave these arguments.

    If we could do something positive, as some one earlier commented, these rural villages need basic facilities, like toilets with doors that can be locked. Lets find out how we could lessen the burden of this villages than having useless arguments.

  134. TRN

    Now if these 2 soldiers had previously disguised as ‘Grease devils’, how have they got all cleaned out of grease and worn all clean army cloths without a fingerprint of grease!
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    TRN

    I give below an example of an incident as given in the WAN report.
    August 19, 2011- Niravipitti – a 15 year old young Tamil women had gone outside to use the toilet and even though she scanned the area with her torch before she used the toilet while she was getting up she saw a man covered in black staring at her. She screamed out and fainted due to fear.

    If you see all the incidents it is more or less similar with the guys being dressed in black.These are all nighttime incidents and nothing is said about grease.Nobody felt the grease though we are talking of grease yakka. They seem to be night prowlers who dress in all black,then they run into some hiding place and change back into their normal clothes.Iam suspecting army deserters because gota instead of courtmartialling them as fonseka would have done is welcoming them back probably to do the dirty work he has in mind. Gota himself is a deserter of sorts who made use of the loophole in the law to get out of the army after 20 years service at the height of the war unlike fonseka who completed more than 40 years till the job was over.If fonseka was still the army commander there would not be all this grease yakka nonsense and army chaps selling vegetables etc.

    In this latest incident too the 2 soldiers could have easily changed into the army uniforms and come out of the hiding place.Even if they had grease on their black clothes no problem getting rid of the clothes.However i have douphts whether there is any grease at all,because in none of the incidents it is mentioned that they slipped out like a slippery eel because of grease.Speaking of eels,do you think it could be dilshanf because he always says he has to go off somewhere for 2 weeks etc and then comes back and says hello to everybody and during that period there many such incidents.

    As for the 2 soldiers what were they doing in remote spot.Soldiers are not like police going 2 by 2.They go in patrol of six at least and have a person of authority such as a sergeant or leutenant leading them.They don’t go like this in pairs like police officers unsupervised.

  135. Dear Shankar Holmes.

    Love your analytical deductions and twists which would put Sherlok Holmes any good baila dancer to shame.

    From what i can read.. you are speaking from experience?/

    Ha ha ha.

    Goodday shankar Have a nice weekend. ( without grease of course .)

  136. oh! more arguments to prove your point.
    Please tell me where did those black clothes vanished? May be to the thin air?

    Why r u dragging SF & GR in to this? For your information GR is not the army commander either.

  137. Dear Shankar
    You are right. Dilshan F made 11 comments in rapid succession which was very strange. In fact I thought somebody else was using the name to spoil Dilshan’s name. Now it has become clear that he has an unusual interest in the grease matter.

  138. TRN

    Before they go prowling in the night they can just dig a hole,and when they come back just bury the clothes in it.That is why these are called hiding places because they have been specially selected spots to hide themselves as well as their clothes.Srilankans are very smart,smarter than many people in other countries,but unfortunately our leaders have not used those talents of the people to channell it to productive areas.

    The reason i brought in SF and gota is because the talk in town is that these grease yakka are organised by gota and if SF was there he would not have allowed it.That is why they kicked SF upstairs without any work for him to do after the war after making maximum use of him to win the war,because they knew they cannot do whatever they want as long as he is army commander because he is not a puppet like the present army commander.

    I don’t know whether gota (incidently for whom i have a respect because he does a job given sucessfully,albeit making mistakes on the way without seeing the big picture),is the culprit or if SF was there it would be different,iam only giving the views of majority of people tamils,sinhalese and muslims.It was upto gota to stop this well in advance if indeed he was innocent and wanted to save his reputation.It is suspicious that a man with so much of power and influence and a sledgehammer mentality just like SF,could not or did not do it for months and months.

  139. Thanks dilshan for thinking i could be grease yakka ,but it is your despicable gender that creates all the troubles in this world including grease yakka,not mine.We are more subtle in nature using poison etc.We do not go running around like mad dogs like you males.

  140. 3d,

    My 11 comments was to emphasise an issue which was balooning into an Ethnic Issue. Usually interested parties use any event to spread fear and disharmony amongst all.

    The Grease yakka originated in a Sinhala area and it was cleverly manipulated by ‘interested parties’ to show that this was restricted to tamil speaking areas.

    The fact that it went all the way to Jaffna was obvisous. I have lived long enough to know how any event is manipulated to show one particular ethnic group is being targetted by SLA backed by the incumbent Government.

    Thw WAN report shows it all. The so called NGO is having other agendas than what they merely print on their letterheads. If you write a report then say it all.

    I am not the only one who critisised this report there was Maithree and infant.

  141. Please don’t waste my time with this nonsense. Mother Theresa once said ‘don’t waste time with useless talk, if you have nothing else to do take a broom and sweep!’

  142. TRN

    Good. I thought you were going to ask what they were going to do with the tools that they used to bury the clothes,since you are determined to defend the indefensible,unlike me who always scoots off when the tamils do any wrong,because i don’t believe in making a fool of myself defending the wrong people just because iam a dravidian.

    They say one persons trash is another one’s treasure.So one persons nonsense could be another persons worthwile reading.

    PS.They don’t need a big hole to bury the clothes.A tiny tool would suffice, which can be buried with the clothes.

    Any other brilliant questions you like to ask or i think you might like to ask,i’am always at your service.

  143. TRN

    Mother Theresa once said ‘don’t waste time with useless talk, if you have nothing else to do take a broom and sweep!’
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    Don’t know whether she will use her own money to buy the broom or whether she will put her hand out to charity.

    If she was made a saint what about all those who gave money to her.Should not they be made asst saints.If they had been sweeping the whole day with brooms where would she have got the money from to do all her charitable work.

    She is a great woman and i wish the world had more like her,but don’t think it is all pearls of wisdom what she says,because she ain’t Lord Bhuddha who was indeed a very wise man,while Mother theresa was an exceptionally kind woman who dedicated her entire life to serve the poorest of the poor.

  144. dilshanf

    Could you please stop beating around the bush and answer a simple question. The evidence of the involvement of the army in the attacks in the NE is very strong. Do you accept it or deny it?

    Please give a straightforward answer.

  145. Current (and I must say brilliant) thinking is that the so-called Grease-Devil originates from the place where he rushed into.

    Upon being pursued. and most likely in fear of his life, the guy ran into the Army Camp so he must therefore be Army… he ran into a Navy camp, therefore must be Navy guy – the inference being that it’s all a MR Plot.

    Heavens Above… what if he ran into a Church or Temple for sanctuary ? Would the Grease Devil then be a Plot originating in Rome or Malwatte or Asgiriya ?

  146. ma-rout-ti

    You forget a most important point.When they run into a army or navy camp then the army or navy should hand them over to the police for prosecution.Instead of doing that they fire upon the villagers who persued these rascals,which clearly shows that they are protecting these guys.Now why should they do that if they were not one of theirs?If they had run into a church would not the church hand them over to the police?

    For your information even when the villagers catch a guy and hand them to the police ,nothing happens,no charges are laid and they are released,which shows powerful forces at work to sabotage the police duties.Anger boiled over towards the police and a policeman was killed by the muslims in puttalam apparently when he went to help a guy getting beaten up.

    The grease devils are treated at the hospitals,but when the victims go for treatment they are refused medical care by the staff,again showing how powerful forces in the government are spreading their facist tentacles everywhere today.Probably they don’t want records of the injuries at the hospital.People then get very angry against the hospital staff too and sometimes stone the hospitals.

    If you keep on defending the government with various arguments,just explain why the it cannot stop these incidents for months and months?Therein lies the answer to who is the culprits?

  147. Dear Shankar

    You say “even when the villagers catch a guy and hand them to the police, nothing happens”

    Ever heard of “Due Process”

    If I accost and drag you into a Police Station claiming you are a Grease Yaka, does it mean that you should automaticaly be charged or thrown in jail ?

    Should you be released due to lack of evidence, must I then assume that “Powerful Forces Are At Work” to release the Grease Yaka that (I am convinced) is Shankar ?

    Why can crime not be stopped in it’s tracks anywhere ? It’s the same in Sri Lanka. The only way to ensure no crime takes place is to throw EVERYONE in jail

    To answer you question about the Church., the answer is emphatically NO. The church’s rules on Sanctuary are quite clear – please take the time to read up on it

  148. dear ma-routi

    The problem is the lack of transparency.The police don’t give any feedback to the villagers about why they have released the guy.Everything is very secretive.Forget about the grease yakka. If you found a guy lurking in your backyard and you take him to the police station as a normal crime and nothing to do with the grease yakka,the police would take a statement from you,then they will question the guy you brought in and see whethr he has committed a crime,such as tresspass or whatever.Then they will charge him and bring him to the court the next day.If they feel that the charges will not stick due to lack of evidence,then they won’t charge him.If you go to the police station the next day the police will explain to me why they did not charge him because you were the guy who brought him in and it is upto you to press charges or not.That is called transparency.

    How would you like if you go the next day and asked what happened and they say it is none of your business,and when you argue they assault you,or charge you for something or other.

    Also this seems to be a regular modus operandi of the police and armed forces. These guys who are handed over are never produced in the courts.If it happens once or twice you can say it could be a coincidence that the wrong fellows have been caught,but when it happens over and over again,then according to the laws of probability something is fishy indeed.

    As for your contention that the church should provide sanctuary for alleged grease yakkas,i don’t need to read about the sanctuary rules of the church as you want me to.Common sense is enough for me and i know that church cannot provide sanctuary to alleged law breakers.Harbouring potential criminals is an offence for everybody including the church and i don’t see why the laws of the land does not apply to them to.

    The church should not hand them over to the mob,and that is what i suppose you meant by sanctuary,because they are escaping from a danger and the church is duty bound to protect them from that danger,but not to protect them from the law.They have to hand them over to the police to conduct their investigations,otherwise the church will fall foul of the law for harbouring potential criminals.

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