Sushma Swaraj assures aid to Russian found begging in TN temple

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj

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.

EAM Sushma Swaraj took to Twitter and assured all help to Evangelin. "Yes, we are granting visa for your father's liver transplant surgery in India", Ms. Swaraj tweeted on Monday in reply to a Pakistan resident Hamid Ali Ashraf, whose father Mohammed Ashraf is to be treated at the Max Hospital in Saket, as per PTI report.

A 24-year old Russian tourist Evangelin today sought alms in a temple at Kancheepuram as he was left with no money. After visiting few local temples, he went to local ATM to withdraw money.

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".

The Hindu reported that Evgenni arrived in Kancheepuram on Tuesday morning from Chennai, and visited a few temples in the area, before he went to an ATM kiosk near the Kumarakottam temple.

An apparently frustated Evangelin then chose to seek alms at the temple entrance, police said.

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.

The devotees were surprised to see a foreigner seeking alms and alerted the police, following which the Siva Kanchi police reached the spot, according to reports.

The Russian national has been identified as Evangelin.

However, this is not the first instance when Sushma Swaraj came to help of needy people in foreign lands.

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