External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday assured a Russian youth, who was forced to beg outside a temple in Tamil Nadu’s Kancheepuram, of all possible help from the government.
“Evangelin - Your country Russia is our time tested friend. My officials in Chennai will provide you all help,” the minister tweeted.
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.
Evangelin sat at the entrance with his backpack and sought alms using his cap after he arrived at the Kumarakottam Sri Subramanya Swami temple.
The devotees, who spared money for him, were surprised to see a foreigner begging outside at a temple and alerted the police.
The devotees gave him some money and advised him to go to Chennai and contact Russian Consulate officials for help, the police said.
(With PTI inputs)