The shrinking number of cadres has forced naxalites in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra to wind up four of its dalams including Gamini, Kotagaon, Dhanora and Jimmalgatta.
The naxal-quartet led by Murli alias Mahesh Reddy, arrested by city police on May 8, have also endorsed the intelligence inputs of the police confessing that there has been no fresh recruitment for quite a long time.
Confirming this depletion in the naxal cadre, Additional Director General of police (Anti-naxal operation), Pankaj Gupta said that in a desperate move, naxals are shifting some of their cadres from adjoining Chattisgarh.
Citing reasons behind weakening of naxal movement in Vidarbha, Gupta said the 'gaonbandi' (no entry in villages) scheme of Maharashtra government proved very effective as villagers are putting up a stiff resistance to their movement.
Besides, a number of naxals and their supporters have already surrendered to avail certain benefits including cash, while few of them are on their way to give up naxalism.