In a latest development to the Maharashtra resident doctors' strike, the Bombay High Court on Thursday asked the agitating doctors to resume duties and urged them give some time to the government to provide them proper security.

The court asked the state government to provide security to doctors at the government hospitals so they can work without any fear. The HC will hear matter after 15 days.

Bombay HC chief justice said in the order that no punitive action should be taken against protesting doctors once they resume their duties.

Earlier, the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) had filed an affidavit in the court saying they're ready to join duty but want safety from government and administration.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday requested the agitating doctors to withdraw their strike immediately.

The court could not hear the matter on junior doctors' mass leave on Wednesday because of unavailability of the CJ's bench.

Earlier the court had ine one of the hearing said that the protests might result in contempt of court as the doctors' association had in 2016 given an undertaking that it would not go on strike.

For the fourth consecutive day on Thursday, over 3,000 resident doctors continued their mass casual leave protesting against growing incidents of attacks by patients' relatives on them.

Medical services in 17 government hospitals in Maharashtra, including four in Mumbai, were severely affected because of the strike.

Thousands of patients have been deprived of medical care in the wake of the protest across the state.