To play the mischief

to cause great harm; to throw into confusion.

See also: Mischief

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Unless and until we do that, NSCN will continue to play the mischief", said Major General (RETD.) P.K.
It is no wonder, how far the intelligence could go to play the mischief. Kandhamal violence that claimed around 100 lives destroying 6500 households and 350 churches and other charitable institutions was another of such games.