Swaraj assures help to Russian tourist begging in Kancheepuram temple

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj

After failing to withdraw money using his debit card, the 24-year-old tourist sat outside a temple in Kancheepuram. Recently, Sushma Swaraj has offered help to a Russian national.

Evangelin arrived in India on September 24 with a valid passport and Visa. The tourist told police that as a last resort he sought alms since he was left with no money.

Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had tweeted on Tuesday, "Evangelin - Your country Russian Federation is our time-tested friend". The police said they gave him some money and advised him to go to Chennai and contact Russian Consulate officials for help. He had gone to an ATM kiosk near the Kumarakottam temple on West Raja Street on Tuesday morning. "My officials in Chennai will provide you all help". While he was staying at Kancheepuram, he went to an ATM to withdraw some cash and found his ATM PIN locked. With no other way out, he chose to sit at the entrance of the Kumarakottam Sri Subramanya Swami temple and use his cap to seek alms. Later, when the matter was reported, Siva Kanchi police reached the temple and brought him to the station. According to the report, police reached the temple and after checking his travel documents gave him money to at least reach the Russian Consulate in Chennai.

In one of the cases, she approved visa for the open heart surgery of a one year old Pakistani girl Shireen Shiraz.

As the incident came to light, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj rushed to the foreigner's aid.

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