Besides using its cadres for triggering bomb and grenade blasts in Assam, banned militant outfit ULFA is now "enticing" school and college students to detonate explosives by bribing them with money and consumer goods.
Tinsukia district Deputy Commissioner Absar Hazarika said on Friday that students in his district were "bribed with money, cars, motor-cycles and cell phones to explode bombs and grenades in public places".
Interrogation of Jolen Moran, who had carried out a recent grenade attack in the oil town of Digboi in the district, injuring a shop-keeper, revealed that he was a student of class twelve at Tinsukia Somar Bidyapith, Hazarika said.
The ULFA was paying for Moran's education and his rent in return for his services, he said.
The police was also looking for Jolen's two absconding friends who were ULFA linkmen, Hazarika said.
The arrest of three other ULFA insurgents also revealed that the youths, who were between 18-25 years old, were studying in college, the DC said.
Besides students, Hazarika said, village youths were also roped in for militant activities for monetary considerations.