Advocates of the Madras High Court bench here ended their hunger strike on Wednesday hours after their colleagues in the Madras High Court withdrew their fast following an assurance given by Acting Chief Justice R.K. Agarwal that steps would be taken to declare Tamil as the official language of the court.

Five advocates, C. Ezhilarasu, M. Sooriya Bhagavandas, K. Deivammal, S. Vinoth and V. Thisai Indiran, began their indefinite fast on the court premises on Monday demanding that Tamil be made the official language of the Madras High Court.

On Wednesday, the advocates withdrew the fast in the presence of A.K. Ramasamy, secretary of Madurai Bar Association, M. Thirunavukarasu, president of Madurai Bench High Court Advocates Association (MBHAA).

Mr. Ezhilarasu said they ended the fast based on Justice Agarwal’s assurance.

He further said various Bar associations across the State had assured to pursue the issue.

Meanwhile, around 15 students from Madurai Law College, who tried to enter the High Court bench to extend support to the protestors, were arrested at around 10.30 a.m. Commotion prevailed at the entrance for a while as the police refused to allow media to enter the court.