At their steel and timber shop on a busy Pahasu city lane, Honey Raghav's brother confirmed to NDTV that he was indeed a member of Hindu Yuva Vahini. He was the "president" of the Pahasu city unit, said the man, who refused to give his name.
Besides Honey Raghav, around half-a-dozen "unknown suspects belonging to Hindu Yuva Vahini" have been mentioned in the First Information Report for the murder of Ghulam Mohammad.
The family of Ghulam Mohammad says his only fault was living next-door to a young man who had eloped with a girl from another community. The 19-year-old had run off with an 18-year-old girl from the neighbourhood a week ago and her family has accused him of kidnapping.
"They used to come wearing saffron and harass us, asking us to find out where the boy had gone," he said. On Tuesday they came and dragged out Ghulam Mohammad. "They took him to the jungle, beat him up and left," said Vakeel. Ghulam Mohammad was later taken to the hospital where he succumbed to the injuries.
The four Muslim families of the village now say they are too scared to continue living there. Ghulam Mohammad's cousin Shameem said, "If need be, we will live with under a tarpaulin, but we will leave".