Cross-border shelling by Pakistan injures 7 women of one family in Indian village

Two other persons, residents of Rajasthan, have been arrested for allegedly passing on sensitive information to Akhtar. Photograph:( AFP )

Reuters Jammu and Kashmir Oct 25, 2016, 02.55 PM (IST)

Seven women members of a family in an Indian village were injured on Tuesday, October 25 when a mortar shell fired by Pakistan troops hit their house in the border region of India's northern state of Punjab.

The incident took place in Suchetgarh area when the family was getting ready to attend a wedding.

The injured were rushed to a hospital in Ranbir Singh Pura sector of the neighbouring state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Ranbir Singh Pura sub-divisional police officer told Reuters that the injured were referred to a superior hospital in Jammu city for further treatment.

"A family was preparing to attend a wedding. A shell fell and the seven women were injured. They were immediately brought to hospital from Suchetgarh. They were referred to Jammu (hospital) after first aid," Chaudhary told Reuters.

A number of ceasefire violations have been reported along the international border and Line of Control (LoC) after India announced surgical strike on September 29 across the border in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir.

Several villagers along the border and LoC have fled their homes and taken shelter in government camps.

(WION with inputs from Reuters)