Kanpur: More than 500 shopkeepers in the city on Tuesday observed strike against the alleged harassment by police.
The strike was called by Kanpur Kirana Mandal (KKM) and it threatened to launch a "state-wide agitation" if the coercion doesn't stop.
Senior leader of KKM Rakesh Agarwal alleged that police were "harassing" the shopkeepers in the city and not allowing them to run their business smoothly.
Citing a recent example, he said, Kalaktarganj police raided a shop in Nayaganj area and seized Rs 2 crore.
The money was earned from business transactions and couldn't be deposited in bank as the owner was out of station, he added.
He further alleged that police were recovering money illegally from them and threatened to launch a state-wide strike if this practice continues.
Meanwhile, police said that they have asked Income-Tax officials to investigate the matter.