ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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AFGHANISTAN-Testing the Waters

Leaders and members of the Sri Lankan 'Liberation Tigers' discovered to their chagrin that they had overnight become 'threats to India's national security' during President's rule. Financed and trained by RAW and other Indian intelligence agencies from the early 1980s, they were treated as special guests both by MGR's state government and the centre, and they ran their own offices in Madras enjoying full independence. Senior union ministers and RAW officials used to visit them in their offices. But in August 1988, negotiations between the Tigers and RAW broke down over the question of the future course of LTTE following the Indo-Sri Lanka accord. From then onwards, the Tigers found that they were no longer the favoured proteges of the centre. Their offices were sealed, their leaders arrested under NSA and tortured before being sent back to Jaffna.

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