It was the heart-tugging story of the 12 months – a poor aged couple, combating their meals kiosk within the coronavirus lockdown, found by a blogger whose put up moved 1000’s into donating or visiting the store in Delhi. There’s now a darkish twist to the magical rags-to-riches story of “Baba Ka Dhaba”.
The “Baba”, Kanta Prasad, has filed a police criticism in opposition to the person who put his meals stall on the map. Meals blogger Gaurav Wasan swindled him, alleges the 80-year-old, sporting sun shades moreover his typical orange work shirt.
“He referred to as for donations within the identify of his spouse, brother and himself. He gave us a cheque of solely Rs 2,33,677. I’ve deposited the cheque; I do not know if the cash will probably be credited. They inform me I received 20 lakh however the place is the cash,” Kanta Prasad advised NDTV.
Gaurav Wasan has typically been seen on the store since his viral put up turned it into an in a single day sensation. This morning, he was prepared together with his checking account statements to contest the “Baba’s” allegations.
He stated when he went to the financial institution on October 8, the day after his put up, to deposit cash acquired on behalf of Kanta Prasad, he was advised that the account had been sealed as a result of Rs 20 lakh had already been deposited in it. “That’s the reason once I emerged from the financial institution, I made a public enchantment asking folks to cease donating to Baba Ka Dhaba because it had acquired sufficient monetary help,” Mr Wasan advised NDTV.
“I at all times promote avenue meals of India. I made a viral video that introduced them a lot assist. Each individual used to say you might be serving to them a lot. Now the identical individuals are calling me a fraud. I’ve all of the account particulars right here, I’ve been pressured to stoop to this degree,” he stated, displaying a stack of statements.
Mr Wasan stated he had given Kanta Prasad Rs 3.78 lakh from the Rs 4.44 lakh that got here to his account from contributors; a few of it was his personal cash, he added.
Within the put up early October that modified every part for “Baba Ka Dhaba”, Kanta Prasad had wept about incomes hardly something for the meals that he and his spouse ready day by day and offered for round Rs 30-50 a plate.
The picture of the outdated man wiping his tears drew 1000’s of retweets and numerous presents of assist. Over the subsequent few days, the visuals reworked into these of lengthy queues exterior his store, and the media reported on his spectacular change of fortune after 30 years in enterprise.