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India: Thieves arrested for using monkeys in robberies

Two men have been arrested for using monkeys to terrorize and rob people in New Delhi. The animal accomplice­s have been sent to a rescue center.


Two men have been arrested in India’s capital city of New Delhi for using monkeys to threaten and rob unsuspecti­ng victims, police said on Saturday.

Last month, a victim reached out to authoritie­s after three men with monkeys surrounded him as he was traveling in south Delhi. He was robbed of 6,000 rupees ($80, €67), according to local media outlets.

"When the victim was sitting in an autoricksh­aw, the men also entered (the vehicle) and asked one monkey to sit on the front seat and another at the back," a local police official told the

AFP news agency. "They took the money the lawyer had in his wallet and fled with the mon


As it was a "strange case involving monkeys, a dedicated team was constitute­d to catch the culprits." Two perpetrato­rs were arrested with their animal accomplice­s at a bus stop on Thursday. The third thief, Ajay, has not been apprehende­d.

The monkeys have been sent to an animal rescue center.

"A case has been registered under Indian Penal Code Sections 392 for robbery at Malviya Nagar police station. Relevant provisions of the Wildlife Protection Act have been added against the accused in the case," said Delhi’s Deputy Commission­er of Police (South) Atul Kumar Thakur.

Several urban areas in India have been struggling to deal with the menace posed by monkeys, which often enter homes in search of food and attack unsuspecti­ng victims. However, under a 1972 law, it is illegal to capture the animals.

see/ (AFP, local media)

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Monkeys in urban areas have entered homes looking for food

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