Disclosing new warning of launching attacks on government transport, politicians, black marketers and corrupt officials was aimed to ascend pressure to pay the extortion. Authoritative security sources told this newspaper that lots of businessmen and small tea growers are getting calls from an ULFA leader Hira Sarania to pay money. Suspecting that these calls are originating from neighbouring states and Burma, security sources said.
Security agencies are concerned that the ULFA may try to set off explosions to make its presence felt to make fear psychosis among the people so that those who received demand notes or calls are forced to pay the demanded amount. While the strength of the group has come down, the anti-talk faction still has the capability to trigger off a few blasts here and there.
According to the reports, some members of Manipur based outfit PLA also came down from the camps in Myanmar to help ULFA members to indulge in acts of violence including attacks on security forces in the upper Assam districts, although intelligence inputs point out that they have gone back.
The rigid faction of the ULFA yesterday issued a statement threatening to attack security forces, political leaders, corrupt people etc and asked the common people of Assam to stay away from these people.