As dusk starts to settle over the villages in Samuktala, Alipurduar district in West Bengal, uneasiness spreads over the inhabitants, especially the women and children. These villages are currently living in fear of the ‘pichhla bhoot’ aka the slippery ghost.
Anima Devi said, “It was so slippery, I couldn’t catch it. Before the neighbors could reach, it vanished.” The next day, a 17-year-old girl was walking back to her home in the evening when the ghost tried to pull her into the woods. Once again, as people tried to catch it, the ghost slipped away.
Since the ‘ghost’ appears like a dark, oily figure but can be touched and seen by everyone, an NGO –Rizwaan – has taken to trying to spread awareness about the reality of the situation. Unfortunately, most villagers still believe that the culprit is from the spirit realm.