Muslim residents of sootea, a village situated in Sontipur district of Assam were displaced allegedly by BJP MLA Padma Hazarka on 5-9th December 2019 ,only for the reason that these residents did not vote for the Bhartiya Janta Party. There are a total of 426 families which include 1800 members who have been displaced. Currently these families stay in three different camps nearby sootea. The District Commissioner of Sontipur has claimed that these families where staying illegally on a Government land. However the Jamat-e-Islami Hindi press release stated that the Gauhati High court had put a stay order on the issue of eviction of these families.
65-year-old Akkas Ali told Arab News, “The government says we are encroachers and Bangladeshis, and they evicted us from our own land despite having all the documents. The larger goal, I feel, is that the BJP wants to settle down Hindu Bengalis in this area who will act as a permanent vote bank for the party.”