BJP MLA escapes unhurt in attack near Meerut

Police have launched a manhunt for shooters who allegedly targeted BJP MLA Satyaveer Tyagi. The lawmaker suspects gunrunners were behind the attack.

lucknow Updated: Oct 09, 2017 10:49 IST
S Raju
S Raju
Hindustan Times, Meerut
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Motorcycle borne shooters targeted BJP MLA Satyaveer Tyagi Sunday night when he was returning to his home in Meerut.(Shutterstock)

A BJP MLA had a narrow escape Sunday night when unidentified motorcycle borne criminals allegedly opened fire on him as he was returning home to Meerut after inaugurating a kabaddi tournament.

Superintendent of police (rural) Rajesh Kumar Singh rushed to the spot along with heavy force and launched a manhunt to nab the criminals. But no one has yet been arrested.

A case has been registered against unidentified criminals in Kithore police station.MLA Satyaveer Tyagi suspects that the criminals involved in manufacturing of illegal arms in village Rardhana of the area could be behind the attack as he had raised the issue of illegal weapons in the state Assembly.

The MLA had gone to in Singhpur village of his constituency to inaugurate a kabaddi tournament. On the way back to Meerut, he asked his driver to stop the car on the road between Amarpur and Khandrawli villages to relieve himself when the shooters on two motorcycles drew up near the car and opened fire. The MLA’s bodyguards took defensive measures and Tyagi somehow managed to return safely to his car. He could only see the back of fleeing criminals. The matter was immediately reported to police.

Later, party workers and leaders gathered at MLA’s residence in Meerut and demanded immediate arrest of the shooters. Police launched a manhunt in Amarpur and Khandrawli and other villages in the night.

Rajendra Agarwal, BJP MP from Meerut called up chief minister Yogi Adityanath after the incident to report the matter.

“The chief minister has directed the DGP to look into the matter,” Agarwal said.

First Published: Oct 09, 2017 10:45 IST