Cops help Russian begging in Kanchi temple

Russian tourist seeks alms at Kancheepuram temple as his ATM PIN gets locked

Evangelin, a Russian tourist had sought alms yesterday after he could not draw money with his ATM card as the PIN number got locked, police had said. Swaraj in a tweet assured all possible help to Evangelin.

According to reports, Evangelin, had landed in India on September 24.

The 24-year- old, identified as A. Evangelin, had a valid passport and visa and arrived in Kancheepuram on Tuesday morning from Chennai.

After reports of the 24-year-old foreigner having to beg, the External Minister on Tuesday took to Twitter offering help saying, "Evangelin - Your country Russian Federation is our time-tested friend".


Chennai: There was high drama at the Kumarakottam Murugan temple in Kancheepuram on Tuesday after a Russian tourist sat with the destitute outside the temple and sought alms from the public. He could not withdraw money using his ATM card since the PIN got locked, he said. The incident was reported to the police soon and Siva Kanchi Police arrived at the scene.

Alerted by locals, the police took him to the police station, where they found his travel documents to be in order.

However, this is not the first time that Swaraj has reached out to foreign nationals. After a primary investigation, the police officials found him to be a genuine person and gave him some cash to travel around. 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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