The banned ULFA had given an indication of its intention to target non-Assamese in an editorial in its mouthpiece
The ULFA, in its mouthpiece in mid-December, had claimed that illegal migrants in Assam were not only those from neighbouring countries but were those "who have migrated to Assam from the rest of India."
ULFA alleged that illegal migrants from the rest of the country "threatened the existence of the state, created a chaotic situation in the social fabric and occupied the political and economic fields at the cost of the indigenous people."
The outfit had asserted that those who have entered the state from Bangladesh and Nepal must be identified and driven out, but "before that the illegal migrants from other parts of India must be expelled."
It alleged that the main "illegal foreigners in the state are the Indian rulers and the principal illegal occupational forces are the Indian Army who also must be driven out from the state."