Even as the local police are interrogating three people — all rounded up in suspicious circumstances from in or around the Pathankot airbase — over the past five days, no headway has been made in getting leads.
In fact, the latest suspect, who was pinned down outside the Pathankot airbase on Wednesday night, has been changing his name at frequent intervals, giving a tough time to the investigators.
Initially claiming to be Parmod Gupta from Siliguri, he changed his name to Subhash Kumar on Thursday morning, before finally claiming to be Gaffur Ahmed.
The police are yet to make sense of this mystifying behavior.
Another suspect Waseem, in his late 20s, who was also rounded up on Wednesday has refused to divulge anything and is proving to be another tough nut to crack.
The third suspect — a deaf and dumb individual — who had received two bullet injuries on the first day of the encounter on Saturday is another mystery as he has also refused to speak. He is yet to be identified and is recuperating under police protection at the Pathankot civil hospital.
SHO Bharat Bhushan claimed that the police were trying their best to gather some leads from the three suspects.
In Pathankot, many men —who at first seem to be mentally challenged — are routinely seen roaming near the airbase and other military establishments. Locals have, for long, been claiming that they could be spies and needed to be arrested and quizzed on their antecedents.