"One army soldier was killed and another injured in the ongoing operation near the Line of Control (LoC) in Keran area of the Kupwara district," a senior police officer said in Srinagar.

So far, six guerrillas and three army soldiers have been killed in this operation which has been going on for the last 20 days near the LoC.

The police said that a large group of heavily armed guerrillas have infiltrated into the Indian side of the LoC in this area following which a massive operation was started against them by the security forces.

India lodges strong protest with Pakistan over ceasefire violations

India on Friday lodged a strong protest with Pakistan against repeated ceasefire violations along the International Border in Jammu region by forces across the border and warned the neighbouring country of powerful retaliation in the event of fresh firing.

At a Sector Commander (DIG-Brigadier)-level flag-meeting, India also demanded the immediate return of a villager who strayed across the frontier, a BSF officer said in a statement.
At the meeting, BSF flagged the issue of killing of its Constable Sanjay Dhar and injuring of three other personnel and four civilians on July 16, 2014 in firing from across the border.
India also raised the issue of unprovoked firing from heavy machineguns and heavy mortar shelling by Pakistan Rangers from July 16 to 20 and August 10 to Aug 24 by more than 50 Pakistani posts stretching from PP Hussain to PP Jamshaid specifically targeting BSF troops, border outposts and Indian border population and their properties, the statement said.
BSF demanded the return of an innocent Indian civilian Sohan Lal who had inadvertently crossed over to Pakistani territory on May 11 this year being mentally upset, the statement said.
The BSF delegation meeting was led by B S Kasana, DIG, Jammu along with R. K Gurung DIG, I/Nagar and Brig Mateen headed the Pakistan Rangers team. This was the third flag meeting to discuss ceasefire violations.

India warns Pakistan of powerful retaliation in case of fresh firing
In flag meeting, BSF raised killing of its constable Sanjay Dhar
India also raised issue of unprovoked firing by Pakistan Rangers
BSF demanded the return of an innocent Indian civilian Sohan Lal
This was third flag meeting to discuss ceasefire violations
Pakistan breached ceasefire pact 25 times on the IB
Firing continues from across the border since July 17
India canceled Foreign Secretary level talks with Pakistan
Pak envoy met separatist leaders in Delhi

BSF troops had yesterday held commandant-level flag-meeting with Pakistan Rangers along the International Border in Samba sector of Jammu and Kashmir impressing upon each other to respect the ceasefire.
On August 27, India and Pakistan had resumed the process of flag meeting by holding a commandant-level flag meeting at Nikowal Border Out Post along the International Border in Pargwal sub-sector of Akhnoor sector.
There have been 24 ceasefire violations by Pakistan in August. Two villagers have been killed and 17 others, including 4 BSF jawans, suffered injuries in the ceasefire violations.
IG, BSF Jammu Frontier, R K Sharma, said India made it clear at the meeting that "it is in the interest of the both the countries that ceasefire is maintained at the borders.
"We have told them if they fire in future, we will retaliate strongly", he said.

Barely seven hours after Wednesday's Commandant-level flag meeting to resume derailed talks and prepare ground for sector commander level flag meeting, Pakistani troops violated ceasefire again and resorted to firing on forward Border Out Posts (BoPs) and civilian areas along the International Border (IB) in Pargwal belt of Jammu's Akhnoor sector.
According to BSF, firing by Pakistani forces along International Border (IB) in the past 45 days was possibly the "heaviest" since the 1971 war.

There have been 95 ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the Line of Control and it also breached the ceasefire pact 25 times on the IB in recent months.
India had strongly protested with Pak Rangers at the DGMO- level hotline contact on August 26.

There had been 24 ceasefire violations in August alone, in which 2 villagers were killed and 17 others, including 4 BSF jawans, suffered injuries. There had been 45 days of firing from across the border since July 17, during which there has been 34 ceasefire violations by Pakistan.

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