“The police came here and seized all banned tobacco products, but after that, they took cigarette and beedi packets. They have even taken the matchbox cartons and lighters from the shop,” said a petty shop owner at Egmore, who requested anonymity. Another vendor says that around Rs.5,000 worth cigarettes were taken away from each shop. Raids were carried out in the jurisdiction of all 135 police stations. Store owners from Koyambedu, Mount Road, Vepery, Flower Bazaar, Kilpauk and Chetpet all had similar tales to narrate.