“Baba Ka Dhaba” owner accuses YouTubers of pushing him into depression
The” Baba ka Dhaba” controversy seems to have not come to an end yet as in another twist in this row, Baba ka Dhaba owner, Kanta Prasad leveled allegations against several YouTubers saying that they have called him to pressure him to apologize to Gaurav Wasan and he fell into depression after that. Prasad (81), owner of a food stall known as Baba ka Dhaba in Malviya Nagar, allegedly attempted to kill himself by overdosing on sleeping pills and alcohol last week.
He has been undergoing treatment at Safdurjung Hospital in Delhi since June 18 and was discharged from the hospital on Friday after his condition improved.
Authorities said they were trying to ascertain that whether the incident was an accident or the Baba ka Dhaba owner tried to take his life.
The Indian Express cited Atul Kumar Thakur, the deputy commissioner of police of South District, as saying that the condition of the 81-year-old is stable and that he is back home. The newspaper reported that the Baba ka Dhaba owner has recorded his statement before the police, alleging that several YouTubers called him to pressure him to apologize to Gaurav Wasan and he fell into depression after that. The newspaper said that no FIR has been filed so far in the matter and that the police are probing the role of the alleged YouTubers.
The family of Prasad had found him unconscious at the eatery and took him to a nearby private hospital, which referred him to Safdarjung Hospital. Prasad’s son Karan alleged that his father was depressed as some people including a few YouTubers were pressuring him to withdraw the cheating case and reach a compromise with Wasan.
It is pertinent to mention here that Prasad and his Dhaba shot to fame overnight in October last year after YouTuber, Gaurav Wasan, shared an emotional video showing Prasad in tears in which he said that he was struggling to make ends meet as business dried up during the coronavirus pandemic.
They went viral on social media and thousands of people making a beeline to his eatery for a meal while many people had also donated money to him. He later also opened a new restaurant, which was shut in February due to a shortage of business
He had also filed a cheating case against Gaurav accusing him of allegedly siphoning off donations. But YouTuber refuted the allegations. Last week, he went to the food outlet, and two posed for photographs there and claimed all was well.