KAZIRANGA, June 11 - The possibility of ULFA(I) chief Paresh Baruah becoming the leader of the umbrella organisation of all the militant groups of Northeast India is only a speculation, said Director General of Assam Police Mukesh Sahay.
�The race has already begun among the top leaders of militant outfits of the northeastern region after the demise of NSCN(K) chairman SS Khaplang who also headed the umbrella organisation,� Sahay said during an exclusive interview with The Assam Tribune at the Police Guest House, Kohora today.
ULFA(I) chief Paresh Baruah was deputy to Khaplang in the umbrella organisation of the militant outfits of the northeastern region called the United Liberation Front of Western South East Asia. It was Paresh Baruah who initiated the move to form an alliance among the insurgent groups of the region.
The State police chief said even though Khango Konyak has taken over the charge of NSCN(K) only time will tell whether Konyak would be able to garner support from other militant outfits of the region to head the umbrella organisation.
Sahay said Khaplang could get support from most of the militant groups, including ULFA and he was respected by local villagers on the both sides of India-Myanmar international border.
�There is some kind of misunderstanding and disagreement among various leaders of different militants groups, so we will have wait and watch who will be the successor to Khaplang,� the DGP said.