A special vehicle carrying COVID-19 vaccines got held up on Wednesday in West Bengal's Purba Bardhaman district due to a blockade of the national highway led by state minister Siddiqullah Chowdhury, protesting against the new farm laws, sources said. Purba Bardhaman's Superintendent of Police Bhaskar Mukhopadhyay said that the vaccine-carrying insulated van was diverted over a distance of five km through a village owing to the blockade of the national highway, connecting Kolkata and New Delhi, at the Galsi area. The delay in the movement of the vehicle was for the time taken to cover the five km distance through the village, he said. Unofficial sources, however, claimed that the vehicle had to traverse village roads for a distance of 20 kms before it could be brought back to the national highway again. The van, which was being piloted by the West Bengal Police, was on its way to Bankura and Purulia to deliver the vaccines.