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Oct 11, 2017 06:02 PM IST | Source:

Sushma Swaraj offers help to Russian tourist begging outside a temple

After several unanswered questions made curiosity boil, a few locals lodged a complaint with the police station

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has offered to help a Russian man on a visit to the country who was found begging outside a Kancheepuram temple in Tamil Nadu.

The tourist was sitting outside the Kumarakottam Murugan Temple in Kancheepuram along with another beggar asking passers-by to drop money into his hat, reports Deccan Chronicle.

"Evangelin -- Your country Russia is our time-tested friend. My officials in Chennai will provide you with all help," Ms Swaraj tweeted late on Tuesday night following the media report.

After several unanswered questions made to the Russia national, the locals had lodged a complaint with the Siva Kanchi police station.

The police identified him as Evangelin Berngowe, a 32-year old research student from Russia who had arrived in the country on September 8 on a tourist visa and had subsequently run out of money.

Berngowe had reached Kancheepuram by bus from Bengaluru, after touring North India.

Police investigations revealed that he had spent all his money and run out of balance on his mobile phone.

To make things worse, he had gone to an ATM kiosk in the temple town to withdraw money but found out that his debit card pin had gotten locked.

After searching in vain for fellow tourists from his country across the town, he finally settled in a temple and began to seek alms.

The police found all his travel documents to be valid. They came to the conclusion that he had simply run out of money and had no clue how to reach Chennai.

The police apparently handed him Rs 500 and put him on a train to Chennai, and then head for the Russian embassy.
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