A total of 50 inmates of the Birsa Munda Central Jail in Ranchi on Saturday began a hunger strike in a show of solidarity to civil right activist Anna Hazare.
Jail superintendent Dilip Kumar Pradhan said about 150 inmates had approached to sit on a hunger strike, but only 50 were allowed due to delay in their approach and als because was lunch was already made.
"They have been allotted a separate ward to stage their hunger strike," he added.
Asked whether their request was indefinite, Pradhan said they were given permission only for a day.
To a query, he said jail authority had no role in motivating them, but it did object to their decision as it was for a "good cause".