Manned by a grand statue of Maharana Pratap, the entrance to the Rajput-dominated Bishada village and its fairly well-paved lanes, bylanes, solar-powered streetlights, ATM counters and shops are indicative of its relative affluence in one of India's poorest states.
"Vilifying the entire village for one incident is wrong. Kuch toh galat hua hoga na jis liye ye hadsa hua (something wrong must have taken place for which the lynching took place)," says villager Yashpal Singh, sitting at local BJP leader Sanjay Rana's home, close to Iqlakh's residence. Yashpal says, "Mistakes do happen. But the villagers should not be unfairly victimised like this."
Rana's son, one of the prime accused in the case, has been arrested by Noida Police. Rana was not available for comment, however, his relatives complain that 'the family is being made a scapegoat'.
Few blocks away, as hundreds assemble to mourn the passing away of Jayprakash (24) who was found dead under mysterious circumstances, his mother Omvati's wailing reaches a crescendo. "Our boys are terrorised. See what has happened with him due to police harassment. They are not sparing any youth," a group of angry women say in unison.
Even the village head, Sanjeev Rana, is not spared of their wrath. “You (Sanjeev) are colluding with netas. You are equally threatening us and not considering our side," a woman says, pointing fingers at him.

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