The decision by the agitating employees also came in the wake of the Delhi government imposing the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) which prohibits them to carry out any
strike for a period of six months.

Lakhs of people in the national capital faced hardships in commuting this morning due to the strike, but the bus service was restored in the afternoon after the government threatened to take strict action against the protesters.

Family members of 42-year-old DTC driver Ashok Kumar, who was beaten to death by a youth after his bus grazed the latter's bike in West Delhi's Mundaka on May 10, met Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at Delhi Secretariat on Tuesday.

While interacting with Kumar's son and other family members, Kejriwal said, "The incident is very sad and shocking ...We are with you. We will extend all help we can provide."     A senior official said that the government will give Rs 10 lakh as immediate help to Kumar's kin besides paying his monthly salary to his wife till the date of retirement.

"The government will also give a job to one of Kumar's family members. Medical treatment expenses of his wife will also be taken care of," said a senior official.

Earlier in the day, Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai had cited that the Delhi government has clamped Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) in the city and action would be taken against those who do not return to work.

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