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Russian who sought alms did not respond to our call: Consulate

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

A Russian tourist who resorted to seeking alms at the temple town of Kancheepuram near here after his ATM pin got locked did not answer a call to his mobile to offer assistance, a Consulate official said today.

"He did not answer our call when we contacted him on his mobile," Vice-Consul, Russian Consulate, Yury S Belov told PTI.

He said the consulate did not receive any call from him either and added that if they were contacted,"we will assist him in a proper way."

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.

The 24-year old arrived at the Kumarakottam Sri Subramanya Swami temple in Kancheepuram and sat at the entrance with his backpack and sought alms using his cap.

Though devotees gave him money, they were surprised to see a foreigner seeking alms and alerted police, who found his travel documents in order with a valid passport and visa.

Police gave him some money and advised him to go to Chennai and contact Russian Consulate officials to get help.

Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had tweeted yesterday, "Evangelin - Your country Russia is our time tested friend.

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First Published: Wed, October 11 2017. 18:13 IST