A family aquabble, mistakenly reported to the police as a terrorist attack in the middle of the night on Saturday (9) at Kataragama, caused pandemonium in the sacred city.
When the police visited the scene on the outskirts of the sacred city area, it was found that a drunken husband had assaulted his wife who had shouted `murder murder` breaking the silence in the wee hours and raising fears among the neighbours that a terrorist attack was on, police said.
Policefound that it was a case of violence against the wife by a husband who had come home at that late hour after taking too many drinks. sources said.
Officials of the shrine and the police said there was strict security round the clock in the sacred city area of Kataragama and pilgrims need not fear about any terrorist activity in the area as all necessary precautions and security checks were in place in the area.