Check-point at Sarchu - Manali to Leh road (India)
The Himachal Pradesh Police officer writes down the passport numbers. They do that at each check-point, presumably to do statistics and to trace people's location in case of accident. It's easy to fall in a ravine and disappear on those roads. Police and Military are mostly busy with keeping the road opened and rescuing people. They do not shoot guns or fight enemies in this region.
Those are photos of my June 2009 Motorcycle road trip in the Himalayas (Manali, Leh, Kargil, Srinagar).
I was riding a Royal Enfield "Bullet" 500cc Machismo, that I rented in Delhi.
Photos taken during a 7-week, 7000 Km motorcycle tour across parts of India (Delhi, Rajasthan, Ladakh, Kashmir, Jammu and more) in May-June 2009.