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Sushma Swaraj rescues Russian national found begging at Kancheepuram

Generally, we come across the beggars begging for alms at the temple entrance, rarely we witness any foreign travellers travelling to India in the same scene unless they want to try the shoe of theirs.

In a situation, a Russian man was found begging at the entrance of Sri Kumarakottam Murugan temple in Tamil Nadu’s Kancheepuram on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old, who identified as A. Evangelin, hold a valid passport and visa and had arrived in Kancheepuram on Tuesday morning from Chennai. In need of the money, he visited the ATM kiosk near the Kumarakottam temple where he reportedly entered the wrong PIN, getting his ATM card locked. An apparently frustrated Evangelin sat at the entrance of the temple along with other destitute, begging for alms at the temple entrance, reports The Hindu.

Noticing this unusual event, devotees informed the police of the development. The police brought him to the station and perused his travel documents.

According to the Deccan Chronicle, the Russian ran out of money which led him to sit near temple begging for alms.

“We checked his travel documents, passport and visa. All documents are perfectly valid. He had spent all his money and was not sure how to reach Chennai,” a police officer told Deccan Chronicle. 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.

When the matter came to the light, the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj quickly instructed the officials at Chennai to provide all the help to the distressed Russian tourist. Taking to Twitter, Swaraj hailed Russia as a time-tested friend and assured all help to him.

The minister has long used social media to come to the aid of those in need of help, including those living across the border. Notedly, she is the most followed woman political leader on Twitter.

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