Nearly a thousand residents of Jaffna had fled to Kilinochchi as a result of an alarm raised by an LTTE front, which calls itself the Tamil National Army, to the effect that war is imminent, sources in the North said yesterday (3).
The group had informed residents of Point Pedro and a number of other localities in the Jaffna peninsula that war would break out at any moment. Only about a thousand persons had collected their belongings and left their homes yesterday.
The military said this was a sequel to the search operations being conducted by the Armed Forces and Police. They have searched a number of houses, belonging to those who are believed to be covertly supporting the LTTE and have found arms, ammunition and explosive devices hidden in them.
The military said those who had left their homes for Kilinochchi were those who had hidden arms and ammunition for the LTTE.
The Tigers had given such families a title and they were known as `Mahavira Families` as they were LTTE sympathizers or undercover operatives, military sources said.
The search operation for hidden arms and explosives continues in the Jaffna District.