The brothers are accused in the murder of then Samajwadi Party (SP) MLA Jawahar Yadav alias Jawahar Pandit in 1996 in Allahabad (now Prayagraj). Their uncle Ram Chandra, too, is an accused in the murder case.
Police sources said the accused, identified as Sukumar Saha, Jaharul Mirda and Sheikh Hiran, have been remanded to police custody for nine days. Another man, Sheikh Saiful, is still at large, they added.
The police said the duo was waiting for a buyer to hand over the snake to. “The accused had struck a deal with a buyer for Rs 20 lakh. We arrested the men before the buyer could reach the spot to make the exchange,” said a Crime Branch officer.