ARMED AND READY

The back­pack­ing in­trud­ers in Keran sec­tor were well- equipped for the cross­ing

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AK- 47 Rus­sian and Chi­nese- made as­sault ri­fles.

Come fit­ted with an un­der- bar­rel launcher

that can fire a grenade upto 150m away

Drugs Hashish and opium act as painkillers and first aid

Al­lows them to with­stand the ad­ver­si­ties of the in­fil­tra­tion

Loose am­mu­ni­tion Used to re­fill the AK- 47s mag­a­zines

dur­ing pro­longed fire­fights

Win­ter cloth­ing Many routes, es­pe­cially in Keran sec­tor,

are at heights of 9000 and 12,000 ft

Parac­eta­mol For ba­sic first aid to bat­tle in­clement

weather con­di­tions at high al­ti­tudes

Global po­si­tion­ing sys­tem ( GPS) To nav­i­gate pre­cisely us­ing co­or­di­nates

that have been keyed in ear­lier

Night vi­sion equip­ment So­phis­ti­cated light­weight de­vices that

mil­i­tants have in­creas­ingly be­gun to use

Binoc­u­lars For early warn­ing dur­ing the in­fil­tra­tion

of pres­ence of se­cu­rity forces on the other side

Wire cut­ters Used to cut through un­guarded por­tions

of the 550 km fence built by In­dia on the LoC

In­dian ru­pees The in­fil­tra­tors carry small amounts of

In­dian cur­rency for use in Kash­mir

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