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A volatile situation has developed at the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border in Ghazipur as farmers protesting against the Centre’s contentious farm laws, were asked to end their protest and vacate the road. The Ghaziabad administration, which gave the order, plans to clear the road by tonight, sources said. But the farmers have refused to budge, with farmer leader Rakesh Tikait declaring that he is ready to face bullets.

“The Supreme Court has justified the peaceful sit-in,” Rakesh Tikait said. “There has been no violence on the Ghazipur border. Despite this, the government is adopting a repressive policy. It is the face of the Uttar Pradesh government,” he added.

The Ghazipur border had been sealed since the protest by farmers demanding the repeal of the started on November 26. On Tuesday, the farmers had broken barricades and taken out their tractor rally.

Chaos was unleashed across the city as the farmers deviated from the designated route. Violence broke out in parts of the city as the police tried to stop them. A group still made its way to the Red Fort, in what they said was a message to the Central government.

Uttar Pradesh has taken a hard line on the farmers protesting against the farm laws since.

On Wednesday night, the Baghpat administration got a protest site vacated in the district, but denied using force. “We did not use any force to remove the protesters. The elderly people, including a mentally unsound person, were sent to their homes,” said Baghpat Additional District Magistrate Amit Kumar Singh.

The administration said it had received a request from the National Highways Authority of India, over its pending construction work in the area.

Protesters were asked to go at smaller protests in Mathura and Fatehpur as well.

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