Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Left With No Money, Russian Tourist Seeks Alms At Tamil Nadu Temple

Left With No Money, Russian Tourist Seeks Alms At Tamil Nadu Temple

The 24-year-old, who is touring Tamil Nadu, had to resort to seeking alms after he failed to draw money using his bank ATM card as the PIN got locked, the police said. Swaraj in a tweet assured all possible help to Evangelin.

A Evangelin, 24, arrived in India on October 8.

During his visit, when Evangelin tried to withdraw some money from an ATM kiosk, he found his debit card blocked. Frustrated after few failed attempts, he chose to sit at the entrance of Sri Kumarakottam temple in Kancheepuram and started begging.

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After the matter was highlighted, Sushma Swaraj took to her Twitter handle and said that Russian Federation is India's time-tested friend. "My officials in Chennai will provide you all help", according to IANS.

When the local police came to know about this, they reached the spot and took him to the police station.

Though devotees gave him money, they were surprised to see a foreigner seeking alms and alerted police, who found his travel documents in order with a valid passport and visa.

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Well, it is not the first time that Sushma Swaraj has helped someone in need.

The Russian national has been identified as Evangelin.

The DC report adds that the police gave him Rs. 500 and put him on a suburban train to Chennai, where he was asked to approach the Russian embassy in the capital city. Extending help to the mother, Sushma Swaraj said, "We are giving visa for the open heart surgery of your one-year-old daughter Shireen Shiraz in India".

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