Karuna Group orders Jaffna Tamils to leave Batticaloa

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 30 March 2004, 17:23 GMT]
Tension and fear gripped Batticaloa town Tuesday evening as Karuna Group cadres ordered thousands of civilians and businessmen of Jaffna who are resident in Batticaloa to leave the eastern district immediately.

Police in Batticaloa stood by as Karuna Group cadres went around the town announcing on loudhailers ordering persons of northern origin to leave before 12 midnight Tuesday.

A leaflet issued in Batticaloa Tuesday condemned persons of Jaffna origin for the ills of the east.

Families and businesspersons of Jaffna origin living in Batticaloa were ordered by Karuna Group cadres to leave behind all their movable and immovable possessions and get out of the eastern district with nothing more than 500 rupees person.


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