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Diyas light up Varanasi as India hits back at Pakistan with surgical strikes

Updated: Sep 30, 2016 09:51 IST

Varanasi (UP) [India], Sept. 30 (ANI): The whole nation which was reeling 10 days ago over the dastardly Uri terror attack in which Indian Army soldiers were martyred, the recent 'surgical strike' conducted by the armed force along the Line of Control (LoC) has somewhat acted like a balm on the wounds of the citizens.

After Director General of Military Operations Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh yesterday said "significant casualty was caused to terrorists during the operation", the whole nation was seen celebrating and congratulating the Indian Army for avenging the Uri bravehearts.

The locals in Uttar Pradesh's temple city Varanasi were seen performing Ganga Aarti, congratulating and commending the valour of the Indian Army

Holding placards which read 'Jai Hind', 'Bharat Mata ki Jai', people from all walks of life took part in the special aarti, which is usually performed every evening, at the pious Ganga River.

The locals, in particular the elderly women, prayed at the Dashashwamedh Ghat, which is the main ghat in Varanasi.

The members of the Ganga Seva Nidhi also lit diyas for the soldiers who were part of the surgical attack.

Marking a radical departure from the past in its response to cross-border terrorism, Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh Thursday announced that the army had carried out "surgical strikes" in the early hours of the day to destroy seven launch pads along the LoC where teams of terrorists had positioned themselves.

The Army said "significant casualties" were inflicted among the "terrorists and those providing support to them" but gave no count of the dead. (ANI)