DOH!Mahato told the newspaper that he was "sorry" for the attack on Gyaneshwari Express train near Jhargram on Friday that left 148 people dead and over 200 other injured hours after West Bengal Police held PCPA leaders Umakanto Mahato and him responsible for the incident. "We're sorry. We never wanted these innocent civilians to die. Trust me, we targeted the goods train. But somehow, we were fed wrong information that the goods train would cross through this track and we removed pandrol clips from a long stretch. We didn't want to harm civilians. There must have been some miscalculation," Mahato to The Indian Express.
As the new DGP, Sivanandhan said Maharashtra police will study the best practices adopted by police in various states and try to implement them here. He said new equipment was being procured but training personnel to use these gadgets was equally important. When journalists asked him about purchasing better quality bulletproof jackets, Sivanandhan said the outgoing DGP had formed a committee for it. “They [the committee members] have completed half the process. We will hasten it and procure them [the jackets],” he said.