A couple of weeks back, a heartening video of an old couple struggling to make both ends meet went viral on internet. The video which was uploaded by Gaurav Wasan on his youtube channel ‘Swad official’ showed the poor condition of the elderly couple who owns a Dhaba at Malviya Nagar, Delhi. The Dhaba became famous as Baba Ka Dhaba after the video went viral.
Towards the end of the video, Gaurav Wasan provided the location of ‘Baba ka Dhaba’ and urged the residents of Delhi to give a visit to the eatery and help the old couple. He also exhorted people to donate money online so that more financial assistance can be extended to the couple.
The viral video was shared by a large number of people, including big Indian names such as Raveena Tandon, Randeep Hooda, Sonam Ahuja, Ravindra chandra Ashwin and several others. As the video started doing the rounds on the social media, Delhi residents came out in support of the elderly couple as they queued up outside the Baba ka dhaba while food delivery companies such as Zomato and Swiggy took important measures to get their food delivered to those who preferred ordering online.
Help also came in the terms of donations by people and various organisations. Not only cash donations, but online donations were also made by people who were touched by the elderly couple’s struggle and wanted to contribute their part in alleviating their financial woes.
YouTuber Lakshay Chaudhary claims money sought in Baba Ka Dhaba’s name never reached its owner
However, today a video has been uploaded by a YouTuber named Lakshay Chaudhary. In his video, Chaudhary has alleged that Gaurav Wasan of ‘Swad Official’ sought donations from people on the pretext of helping the elderly couple of ‘Baba ka Dhab’. However, the money was not shared with him. In his interview with Chaudhary, the 80-year-old ‘Baba ka Dhaba’ owner Kanta Prasad admitted that he had so far not received a single rupee from the donations sought by Gaurav for ‘Baba ka Dhaba’.
Lakshay Chaudhary alleged in his youtube video that Gaurav Wasan, who ran an online campaign seeking monetary assistance for ‘Baba ka Dhaba’ did not transfer the collected amount to Kanta Prasad. He further added that Gaurav had asked people on his YouTube channel to contact him for helping Kanta Prasad and shared his personal bank accounts for donations, instead of providing Kanta Prasad’s bank details for people to contribute.
Chaudhary mentions that his suspicions about the online scamming firmed up after Gaurav reported only Rs 2.25 lakhs as the amount received in the donation for ‘Baba ka Dhaba’. He adds that before the video had gone viral, Gaurav had claimed of raising about Rs 1.75 lakhs for the Dhaba. The mere addition of just Rs 40,000-50,000 after the video had gone viral and shared by many celebrities was a clear indicator that something was amiss, Lakshay Chaudhary said.
Watch Lakshay Chaudhary Youtube Video regarding Baba ka Dhaba Scam, Baba ka dhaba fraud
Owner denies having received any monetary aid from Gaurav Wasan
“I have not received any donation online. I have received financial assistance in the form of cash. I have even received donation made by Amitabh Bachchan. But besides this, I have received no other online donations,” Prasad revealed to Lakshay Chaudhary.
He further added, “I was being instructed by Gaurav to not share my bank details with anyone. Since the video went viral, I gave my mobile phone to Sushant. Gaurav has not given me any money, either in cash or online. Whatever he has collected, he is having it with him. Also, my bank account has been frozen.”
In the light of allegations against Gaurav, Lakshay Chaudhary has told him to come clean on this rather murky affair by uploading a video consisting of passbook details of the bank accounts in which he has received money for ‘Baba ka Dhaba’ after the video went viral. “It is a humble request to create a video showcasing the passbook details of the bank accounts in which you have received donations from people for ‘Baba Ka Dhaba’,” Lakshay said.
Here is how twitterati are reacting on accusation of Baba ka dhaba scam
…of harming us physically. I never knew helping someone will lead to such consequences. I just hope people become wiser, especially when it comes to donating the money to someone in need. Ensure your money reaches to the person who needs it. Be smart.— Madhur (@ThePlacardGuy) October 26, 2020
So @gauravwasan08‘s brother just tried to attempt a physical assault on these guys and he is threatening to harm them because they exposed the truth of Gaurav about the alleged donation scam. @DelhiPolice please look into it before anything happens to these guys or me or Lakshay. pic.twitter.com/heN1gAppgo— Madhur (@ThePlacardGuy) October 26, 2020
@gauravwasan08 who made YT video is being accused of siphon funds meant for #babakadhaba, as he shared his bank acct and netizens transferred funds into his acct which r yet to be transferred back to baba…— Satish (@trusatishh) October 26, 2020
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