SRINAGAR (Agencies) - The death toll from days of fierce fighting between troops and freedom fighters in Indian Kashmir has risen to 19, the army said Monday. The three separate gunbattles broke out on Saturday and followed a cross-border firing incident that left one Indian soldier injured. "The three encounters (gunbattles) have left eight soldiers and eleven well-trained freedom fighters dead since the fighting started on Saturday," army spokesman JS Brar told reporters in Srinagar. The gunbattles took place in Kupwara, which borders Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. Brar said the operation by hundreds of troops in the thickly forested area was continuing. Pakistan and India agreed to a 2003 ceasefire along the Line of Control, which divides Kashmir between the two countries, and have since held slow-moving peace talks. The negotiations came to a halt after last November's militant attacks on Mumbai that India has blamed on the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba. New Delhi has also accused 'official agencies' in Pakistan - a reference to the ISI - of involvement in the Mumbai attacks. India and Pakistan have fought two of their three wars over mainly Muslim Kashmir, which is held in part by each country but claimed in full by both.