Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Friday condemned the molestation of a girl in Guwahati and said “such incidents should not be taken lightly.”

On Assam Director-General of Police J.N. Chowdhury’s reported remarks that the police were not like an “ATM machine which can be present at the crime scene the moment one inserts a card,” the Minister said nobody should take the crime lightly.

He told a press conference here that he would speak to the Assam Chief Minister on the issue.

I was misquoted: DGP

Asked about Mr. Chidambaram’s remarks, Mr. Choudhury said in Guwahati: “I told a TV news channel, on the phone, that arresting people is not as straightforward as withdrawing cash from an ATM. I did not say, ‘don't treat the police like an ATM machine.’ I have been misquoted.”