International golfer Jyoti Randhawa and national level shooter Mahesh Virajdar were arrested on Wednesday on poaching charges in Uttar Pradesh’s Bahraich, a senior forest officer said.
The arrests took place in Motipur Range of Katerniaghat, field director Dudhwa Tiger Reserve (DTR) Ramesh Kumar Pandey.
A red Isuzu SUV, a .22 rifle and other equipment along with wildlife articles were seized from them, the official said. Divisional forest officer of Katerniaghat is investigating the case.
Randhawa, 46, ranked in the top 100 of the Official World Golf Ranking several times between 2004 and 2009.
Jyotinder Singh Randhawa alias Jyoti Singh Randhawa turned professional in 1994 and finished top on the Asian Tour money list.
His best finish on the European Tour is tied second in the 2004 Johnnie Walker Classic.
Randhawa, a resident of Gurgaon on the outskirts of Delhi, has, of late, started participating in shooting events.
Randhawa was married to actress Chitrangada Singh. The couple divorced in 2014..
Born in 1972, Randhawa grew up in Lakhimpur Kheri district of Uttar Pradesh , where his Armyman father owned a farmhouse.
After partition, many Sikh farmers settled here and turned an inhospitable terrain, swarming with perilous creatures, into profitable, agrarian tracts . .