Upset over repeated incidents of snatching and looting from their shops, traders in Abohar observed a shutdown against the state government, demanding better security and improvement in law and order situation.
"Traders have been looted of lakhs of rupees, but the police have failed to trace the accused," said Ashwani Jhuthra, president All Traders Beopar Mandal, Ferozepur.
Traders organised a meeting at the local Gita temple and later carried out a protest march against the government and raised anti-government and anti-police slogans.
Traders who have been victims of snatching include Lekhraj Setia, Gelaram, SK Bansal and Samsung Electronics. A cash bag carrying Rs 1.06 lakh was snatched from Gaurav Bajaj of Bajaj Traders at local Sabzi Mandi last night at Abohar. The police have not been able to track the case, he said.
In another incident that was reported on Tuesday, unidentified men reportedly made away with a local resident, Shilja's bad.
Police officials claimed that electronic items stolen from the Samsung showroom had been recovered.