Date-wise Events
  • July 29,1987:   Indo-Sri Lanka Accord was signed in Colombo on this day, under which the Sri Lankan government agreed to give the nation's provinces more power and autonomy and withdraw its troops to their barracks. The Tamil rebels were to surrender their arms.
  • October 07, 1987:   The Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) issued directives to the IPKF, laying down its operational parameters.
  • October 09, 1987:   On the nights of 9 and 10 October, the IPKF raided and captured the LTTE radio station and TV station, while the printing presses of two LTTE-sponsored newspapers were destroyed.
  • October 11, 1987:   The first major battle under Operation Pawan was started with assault on Jaffna University.
  • October 25, 1987:   IPKF had wrested control of Jaffna and other major cities from the LTTE; while the battle had been won but it wasn't yet over.
  • November 28, 1987:   The major operations came to an end with the fall of Jaffna Fort on this day.
  • December 05, 1995:   On this day, the Sri Lanka government announced the conquest of Tamil stronghold of Jaffna.
  • May 18, 2009:   The LTTE was finally defeated by the Sri Lankan government, ending almost 26 years of fighting between the two sides.
Description Operation Pawan was the code name assigned to the operation by the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) to take control of Jaffna from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), better known as the Tamil Tigers.
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