Why did East India Company took sons of Tipu Sultan as hostages

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Why did East India Company took sons of Tipu Sultan as hostages? 

East India Company saw the strengthening of Mysore kingdom under the leadership of Tipu Sultan, a direct threat to its political or economic interests. 

To check this, the Company resorted to direct military confrontation. They fought four battles with Tipu Sultan and were defeated. 

But in 1792, attacked by the combined forces of the Marathas, the Nizam of Hyderabad and the Company, Tipu was forced to sign a treaty with the British by which two of his sons were taken away as hostages. 

He was forced by the Company to accept Subsidiary alliance.

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