The owner of Baba ka Dhaba has filed a police complaint against YouTuber Gaurav Wasan, who had shot the viral video of the roadside eatery last month, for alleged misappropriation of the funds that he raised to help them.
In his complaint, the 80-year-old Kanta Prasad said Wasan shot his video, posted it online and convinced the public on social media to donate money to the eatery owner.
The roadside kiosk in Malviya Nagar, Delhi is run by Prasad and his wife Badami Devi, who were going through a tough time during the pandemic. Last month, a video shot by Wasan showing their plight went viral on social media and many came forward to help the couple.
Prasad further alleged that Wasan “intentionally and deliberately shared only his and his family/friends bank details and mobile numbers with the donors and collected huge amount of donation through different mode of payments i.e bank account/wallets without providing any information to the complainant.”
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The owner of the food joint also accused Wasan of not providing details of the financial transactions to him.
“We received the complaint yesterday at the Malviya Nagar Police Station and the matter is being probed. No FIR has been registered yet in the case,” said Atul Kumar Thakur, Deputy Commissioner of Police (South).
After the video went viral, Baba ka Dhaba became the cynosure of many eyes across the country, including celebs from showbiz who posted appeals asking people to go there and get themselves a meal. A day after the heartbreaking video, #Babakadhaba was trending on Twitter and the food joint was flooded with more customers than it had seen in 30 years of being in business.