Security was beefed up at railway stations and bus stands in the central districts in the aftermath of the bomb blast at Bangalore – Guwahati Express on Thursday. Round-the-clock additional security has been beefed up at the airport here.

The baggage of passengers were checked and sniffer dogs were pressed in to service at the railway junction here, shortly after the news about the blast spread.

Shortly after an alert message, the Railway Police Force personnel provided additional security arrangements at the railway junction and other stations and also near the bridges.

At the airport, the security arrangements were beefed up jointly by Central Industries Security Force, air force security and intelligence personnel besides dog squad. “We have been keeping a close vigil and a total of 268 CRPF personnel have been pressed in to service round-the-clock,” K. Jebaraj, Airport Director, told ‘The Hindu’. He said that security had been beefed up at various places right from car parking area, operation and cargo points.

Additional armed police personnel were deployed in the Srirangam Sri Ranganathaswami Temple, Samayapuram Sri Mariamman Temple and other temples and other places of worship across the district. Devotees were allowed only after frisking.

In Thanjaur district, Railway police force personnel conducted a thorough check of all the trains at the railway stations in Thanjavur and Kumbakonam. They checked the baggage of passengers before they boarded the train.

In Ariyalur district, police personnel were deployed at the Sri Brahadiswarar temple in Gangaikondacholapuram and other major places of worship. Zia-ul-Haq, Superintendent of Police, supervised the arrangements at a few centres in the district.