GUWAHATI: Insurgent group United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent or ULFA (I) has appointed Michael Asom as new deputy commander-in-chief of the outfit. Michael has replaced Drishti Rajkhowa alias Manoj Rabha who had surrendered before Indian Army and Assam Police on November 12.
In a statement issued by ULFA (I) publicity wing captain Deep Asom, the outlawed organisation said, “We have granted retirement to Major General Drishti Asom and appointed Major General Sarat Phukan alias Michael Asom in his place.”
The appointment has made Michael Asom as the second-in-command after commander-in-chief Paresh Baruah.
Michael Asom’s appointment came after the surrender of Drishti Rajkhowa on November 12.
Rajkhowa had been an active member of the ULFA and led the outfit in the western Assam region for over 30 years. Said to be a close confidant of ULFA chief Paresh Baruah, Rajkhowa is known to have been operating in Bangladesh and along the border with Bangladesh in Meghalaya, especially in an area in South Garo Hills district.