The Agence France-Presse reported that Jyoti Randhawa, a 46-year-old who was ranked in the top 100 of the Official World Golf Ranking as recently as 2009, and companion, caddie Mahesh Virajdar, allegedly killed a red junglefowl in a protected area at Dudhwa Tiger Reserve in Uttar Pradesh state.
The forest officials also recovered range finders, binoculars and a gun registered in Randhawa's name along with the skin of an animal from the four-wheeler.
According to forest officials, Randhawa, who is known as Jyotinder Singh Randhawa, was staying at his father's farmhouse in Nainiha village which is 2.5 kilometres from the spot where he was arrested. He was spotted roaming in the dense forest area for last four-five days.
On Wednesday morning as early as 5 am, Randhawa was intercepted by the forest guards in the deep woods at beat no 29 of Motipur range. Pandey added that the luxury SUV vehicle in which they were traveling along with other items found from the golfer has been seized.
The Delhi-based golfer was married to actress Chitrangada Singh for 13 years before they divorced in 2014.
Randhawa turned professional in 1994, and finished on top of the Asian Tour's Order of Merit in 2002. He is a three-time victor at the prestigious Indian Open. They have a son, named Zorawar, from the marriage. Randhawa won seven titles on the Professional Gold Tour of India (PGTI), making him a celebrated name in the domestic circuit.
The Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the Upper Gangetic plain falling in the Terai of Bahraich district on the India-Nepal border.