Bihar minister Parween Amanullah was on Thursday attacked and held up for some time by a mob in Vaishali district which was agitating over the midday meal tragedy in the state.

Ms. Amanullah, who is the Minister for Social Welfare, was on her way to Muzaffarpur from Patna when the protesters, who had blockaded National Highway 77 near Rai Birendra College, about 5 km from Hajipur town, pelted her car with stones, forcing it to halt.

“I was stopped by the mob for nearly 15 minutes before police came and escorted my car to safety... Stones hit my car while I was sitting inside,” Ms. Amanullah told PTI.

The minister said she cancelled her programme and returned to Patna after the incident.

Vaishali SP Suresh Chaudhary confirmed the incident.

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