The ULFA is creating terror in Assam on behalf of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intellegence (ISI) agency, a top army official heading anti-insurgency operations in the state said on Friday.
"The ULFA is fighting the jihadi war on behalf of the ISI and taking help from jihadi elements. No doubt they (ULFA leaders) are in a foreign land and are under the control of the ISI which is calling the shots and asking them to do what the ISI wants," Lt Gen RK Chhabra, who heads both the Unified Command Structure and the army's 4 Corps, told reporters in Guwahati.
The ULFA is outsourcing explosives and IEDs (improvised explosive devises) from the jihadi elements, he said. "At the moment, the jihadis are like backroom boys. They do the gun-running, drug supplying and run fake note rackets," he said.
Asked if the army was targeting such jihadi elements in its anti-militancy operations in Assam, Chhabra said, "We are not gunning for a particular group though ULFA is the largest group here. We take action against jehadis or any anti-national elements."
Security forces operating under the Unified Command Structure had achieved major successes in the recent months, breaking ULFA's backbone by killing a large number of its commanders and busting the banned group's camps in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, he claimed.
Put on the back foot, the ULFA's strike force, the 28 battalion operating in upper Assam, had also been weakened, Chhabra asserted.
The leaders of 28 battalion were under pressure even though new cadres had been recruited to replace those killed during operations and gun battles, he said.