The men taught the primates, who are known to attack people for items, to scare members of the public in New Delhi into handing over their valuable possessions.
One alleged victim, a lawyer, claimed three men jumped inside a rickshaw he was travelling in and invited two monkeys to sit on the front and back seat before demanding he hand over 6,000 rupees (close to £60).
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A spokesperson for the police in New Dehli said: 'They took the money the lawyer had in his wallet and fled with the monkeys.'
Police suspected the gang were behind other similar thefts and officers set up a dedicated team to track down the culprits, who were arrested Thursday at a bus stop along with their animal accomplices.
The pair's gang of monkeys were sent to an animal rescue following an investigation into the 'strange case involving monkeys' was launched.
The third thief is still at large while the monkeys have been sent to an animal rescue centre.
Authorities across India have been grappling with the menace posed by monkeys in Delhi and other populated cities, where they often enter homes in search of food.
But it is illegal for Indians to capture them under a 1972 law.
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Monkeys are often trained as street performers in India and incidences of the hairy simians attacking residents are not uncommon.
Last year a troop of monkeys attacked a medical official and snatched blood samples of patients who had tested positive for coronavirus in Meerut city in northern India.
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