“Baba ka Dhaba” – the tiny roadside kiosk run by a poor, aged couple in Delhi – had grow to be the story of the yr throughout the lockdown a couple of months in the past. Their wrestle touched hearts, donations poured in, and their eatery was flooded with prospects. All this after a video shared by a meals blogger Gaurav Wasan. But a month later, the proprietor of the dhaba – Kanta Prasad – filed a police case towards the blogger for swindling the donations. The blogger denied the costs and defended himself along with his financial institution statements.
Now, the 80-year-old “Baba”, in a brand new video shared by one other meals blogger on Saturday, is seen taking his phrases again. With folded palms, Mr Prasad says, “Gaurav Wasan was not a thief. We never called him a thief.”
The “universe knows Gaurav Wasan was not a thief”, Mr Prasad says in Hindi, and asks for forgiveness from folks for the allegations that had given a darkish twist to this rags-to-riches story.
“Baba” had then began his personal restaurant in the identical upscale locality of Malviya Nagar the place he ran his store for 30 years.
He is again at his meals stall now after his restaurant enterprise didn’t take off.
“The cost of running the restaurant was around Rs 1 lakh and the income was Rs 30,000 to Rs 35,000. Daily, we would earn 1,000 or 700; it was not fixed,” Kanta Prasad says as he flips rotis on a tawa prepping a meal for the blogger who has come to his stall.
Kanta Prasad additionally says that he didn’t lose all his cash to the restaurant and has saved a sum for the longer term.
The video, shared on Instagram by blogger Karan Dua, has been broadly shared with many popping out in assist of Gaurav Wasan, the person who put Mr Prasad’s stall on the map.
This video utterly broke my coronary heart. Dilli waalon please please go eat at बाबा का ढाबा in Malviya Nagar should you get an opportunity ???????? #SupportLocalpic.twitter.com/5B6yEh3k2H
— Vasundhara Tankha (@VasundharaTankh) October 7, 2020
In October final yr, Mr Prasad broke down whereas chatting with Mr Wasan talking of his monetary hurdles throughout the lockdown that affected the livelihood of many. The video of the previous man exhibiting a couple of Rs 10 notes as his day’s assortment tugged hearts and the subsequent day his stall was flooded by Delhiites.
Several celebrities and 1000’s of individuals donated to the couple after the video gained momentum on social media.
The police case towards Mr Wasan was filed almost a month after the video.
In the grievance, Mr Prasad alleged Mr Wasan “intentionally and deliberately shared only his and his family/friends’ bank details and mobile numbers with the donors and collected a huge amount of donation… without providing any information to the complainant”.