However, DTC claimed services in South and East Delhi are normal and over 2,000 buses are plying on the road and the number is expected to increase gradually.

"No inconvenience to public will be allowed. This strike is politically motivated. Enough time was given to striking employees to return and resume their service and ESMA has been notified," a senior official said.

The government action came after people across the city faced a tough time commuting in the absence of DTC buses. The DTC drivers are demanding a compensation of Rs one crore to family of driver Ashok Kumar (42), who was beaten to death on Sunday allegedly by a youth after his bus grazed the latter's bike in Mundka area of west Delhi.

"This is no more a strike but a shok-sabha (condolence meet). We will not cremate the body of Ashok till government agrees to meet our demand. Government should pay Rs one crore as compensation and a government job to one of the family members. Ashok had 18 years of service left, so government should pay his full salary of 18 years," Satya Narayan, the brother of deceased said demanding security for DTC drivers.

The family is also protesting along with DTC drivers at the Rohini bus depot and may meet Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal during the day. The Delhi government, however, has announced a compensation of Rs five lakh to Kumar's family.

Transport Minister Gopal Rai on Sunday announced a compensation of Rs five lakh for the family and a permanent job in the transport department for one member of the family. The government has also decided to bear all the medical expenses of the wife of the deceased. It said it will also bear the cost of education of the driver's daughter.

The accused, identified as Vijay, a resident of Mundka, was arrested on Sunday night. The police had earlier not revealed the identity of the biker, saying he might be a minor. They said that the biker had beaten Kumar with his helmet continuously for a few minutes and then fled the spot.

Kumar was driving a low-floor, non-AC bus of Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) which was going from Karampura to  Bahadurgarh. Investigators said the biker and a woman pillion rider fell on the road after the DTC bus grazed their motorcycle before the driver was attacked.

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