Politician: Gandhi misled Tamil Tigers

Dec. 3, 2006 at 10:22 AM

CHENNAI, India, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi knowingly misled Tamil Tigers fighting for nationhood in Sri Lanka, a Tamil Nadu party leader said Sunday.

Prominent politician Vaiko told India's CNN-IBN news channel Gandhi misled the Tamil Tigers before signing a 1989 peace accord that saw the induction of an Indian peacekeeping force in Sri Lanka, the Indo-Asian News Service reported.

The politico-military Tamil Tigers have waged a secessionist campaign against the Sri Lankan government since the 1970s to secure a separate state for the Tamil majority regions in the north and east of Sri Lanka.

Gandhi was assassinated by a female Tamil Tiger suicide bomber during an election rally near India's Tamil Nadu capital, Chennai, in 1991.

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