Three women were shot dead by unidentified assailants inside a house in an upscale locality of Jalandhar city in Punjab on Thursday evening, police said.

The victims included the wife and daughter-in-law of a Jalandhar-based businessman. The third victim was a friend of the daughter-in-law.

The victims were identified as Daljeet Kaur, her daughter-in-law Paramjit Kaur, and her friend Khushwinder.

The profusely bleeding women were discovered by a grandson. They were rushed to a private hospital where doctors declared two victims dead while the third one died during treatment.

Senior police officials rushed to the crime scene and started investigations. They did not rule out that the assailants could have known the victims.

Though the house was partially ransacked, no valuables were missing, police officials said.