Unable to recruit young people from Assam for its operations, the banned ULFA was now recruiting poor Bangladeshi youths into its ranks for acts of terrorism in the country, according to intelligence sources in Kolkata.
"These days, ULFA is finding it difficult to recruit Assamese youth in its ranks. It is now learnt to be recruiting young people from poor families of Bangladesh," the sources said.
Stating that the chief of ULFA's army wing Paresh Barua is known to have visited Pakistan to seek it assistance in the outfit's activities, the sources said Pakistani youths were also likely to "very soon" join in the outfit's activities.
"In times to come, militancy in Assam will be hijacked by these elements and ULFA will only be a facade and a nominal force tagging along," the sources said, but declined to disclose how soon they expected this to happen.
Pointing out that the people of Guwahati quickly restored normalcy after the November five twin blasts there that left 13 people dead and over 50 injured, the sources expressed apprehension that the ULFA would now seek soft targets like school children and hospital patients.
"There is a nagging anxiety that the ULFA may become even more desperate and attack school children and hospitals, the most vulnerable of the lot. Anything dastardly and cowardly as this can now be expected and people should be prepared," they said, claiming that the ULFA's influence on the people of Assam was now on the wane.