The restaurant ‘Baba Ka Dhaba’ owner Kanta Prasad attempted suicide on Thursday by taking sleeping pills. The 81-year-old was admitted to Delhi’s Safdarjung hospital in an unconscious state, the police said.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Atul Kumar Thakur said that at 11.15 pm on Thursday, information was received from the Safdarjung Hospital that Prasad was admitted there. The police reached the hospital and collected MLC (medico-legal case) which mentions the intake of alcohol and sleeping pills as the cause of unconsciousness. He is undergoing treatment.
Prasad’s wife said that she didn’t know what he ate, what he drank. They took him to hospital after he fell unconscious. Doctors have not told us anything. I don’t know what he was thinking, she told reporters.
Prasad had been depressed for the last few days. He had to close the restaurant he opened in December last year and was back to his old roadside stall as the cost of running the new establishment was around Rs 1 lakh while his income was only about Rs 30,000, his wife told a senior police official.
According to his son Karan, Prasad had taken drinks and sleeping pills. He fell unconscious at their shop, Karan’s wife Badami Devi told reporters.
Prasad came into the spotlight last year when a post on social media that showed him crying for his financial troubles, moved thousands online. The video went viral and provoked overwhelming support in the form of donations from across the country. The video was posted by YouTuber Gaurav Wasan.
Last year, he also made headlines when he lodged an FIR of cheating against YouTuber Gaurav Wasan for allegedly misappropriating money that was raised to help him and his wife.
With the donation money, Prasad opened a restaurant. Unfortunately, his business failed to take off and he was back to his roadside dhaba with his wife within a year.