The presence of gun-toting-soldiers, stationed at selected points, brings back wartime memories to the otherwise bustling township of Kattankudy in the south of Batticaloa. But, life moves on as usual in this densely populated town located on a strip of land between the lagoon on one side and the sea on the other. Kattankudy is the birthplace of Easter Sunday attack
mastermind Zahran Hashim. As such it has virtually become synonymous with Velvetithurai in Jaffna, where LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran was born. After the April 21 attack targeting three high end hotels and three churches including one in Batticaloa, Kattankudy became thecentre of attention due the large number of Arabic colleges producing Islamic clerics and Zahran being a student of one of them at least for several years. Area people’s strict adherence to religious norms and practices is all the more visible for visitors.