Tough action will be taken against those who spread rumours about ‘Grease Devils’, Inspector General of Police (IGP) N. K. Illangakoon said.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror today he said that the police arrested five such persons on Monday who were spreading rumours in Gampola.
“The situation in the Eastern Province is under control now. The police have taken steps to maintain law and order in the areas where the incidents took place,” he said.
Police have so far arrested 47 persons involved in robberies and frightening women by portraying themselves as ‘Grease Devils.’
He said that the public should not disrupt their day to day activities because of these rumours. “During investigations it was revealed that some had spread stories about Grease Devils roaming the area to carry out robberies and others had done it for fun,” he said.
IGP Illangakoon said that there are no so called ‘Grease Devils’ in villages across the country. During investigations they have been able to identify that most of the suspects are residents of the same area who engage in robberies and criminal activities.
Incidents relating to ‘Grease Devils’ were reported in Badulla, Mahiyangana, Girandurukotte, Rambewa, Siyabalanduwa, Alawathugoda, Kantale, Ampara, Nuwara Eliya, Hasalaka, Ridimaliyedda, Bibila, Nawalapitiya, Kinniya, Muththur and Pottuvil.
The name ‘Grease Devils’ came into being with the killings of several elderly women in Kahawatta. The three suspects wanted in connection with the killings were arrested by the police later. (Supun Dias)
If Police have arrested 47 persons portraying themselves as ‘Grease Devils.’ what is there to spread as rumour? Its not rumours its the fact that cheap rogues calling themselves as some 'yaka' to frighten people. Better take action against the police officers who fail to react on time.
Minister Tuesday, 16 August 2011 01:02 PM
Go to Kelaniya. You can find one!
Hasan Tuesday, 16 August 2011 01:44 PM
How is it fare to punish the public who are just talking the matter with others with fear of Grees Devil? Why can't you find the guilty people who are wandering as Grees Devils. This clearly sounds how capable is your department in passing the ball to innocent public and accusing public for your ineffectiveness.
C.K.Lankaputhra Tuesday, 16 August 2011 01:41 PM
Grease devils were born in Kahawatte when Police was denying. Were U tough with them.
ICC Tuesday, 16 August 2011 01:53 PM
peiples of sri lanka , you must belive this is rumours .
chitra. Tuesday, 16 August 2011 03:34 PM
Well done Sir,you are doing a good job.
Konde Bendapucheenaa Tuesday, 16 August 2011 04:24 PM
You have tough Job and cover up your back too
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