NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was trapped on a flyover for 20 minutes by protesters in Punjab in what is being reported as a serious security lapse.
Mr Modi was on his way to a memorial in the northern state when the route was blocked by protesting farmers.
They were demanding the resignation of a cabinet minister whose son has been accused over the deaths of farmers.
“This was a major lapse in the security of the PM,” a statement from the federal home ministry said.
Mr Modi was also scheduled to address a rally in the city of Ferozepur, ahead of state elections.
But the home ministry said the prime minister’s convoy returned to the airport due to the security lapse.
The protesters were demanding the resignation of junior home minister Ajay Mishra, whose son has been accused in an incident that left eight people dead in October.