Half a dozen bike-borne assailants allegedly opened fire at BJP MLA Satyavir Tyagi, who escaped unhurt, police said on Monday.

He suspected the role of local arms smuggler behind the attack.

“Illegal arms smugglers have spread their network in Kithaur area here, against which I have raised voice in the Legislative Assembly and also approached local administration,” Tyagi said.

“So, in order to muzzle my voice, those involved in this trade orchestrated this attack on me,” he alleged.

Tyagi said he was attacked by the bike-borne assailants when he was returning after inaugurating a kabbadi tournament in Meerut’s Khadravali village.

He said he has lodged a complaint with the Kithaur police station against the unidentified men.

Circle Officer Pankaj Kumar Singh said that the police have receieved the information from the MLA and the matter is being probed.