We understand that they had already met a few cane farmers and that Chaudhry, accompanied by his puppets, were at Gajraj Singh's house to drink yaqona and meet Gajraj's farmer neighbours, before they were arrested. We have been informed that Gajraj Singh's neighbour was also arrested but was released because he had only been invited to the home.
But the yaqona session lasted two hours and would have gone for another hour - because a goat had been slaughtered and was being skinned and cleaned in preparation for lunch for Chaudhry.
We have been told the former National Farmers Union President, Sanjeet Maharaj, had requested the animal for his boss. But the slaughtered and cleaned goat could not reach the pot before police zoomed in on Chaudhry and his puppets.
We, therefore, question Chaudhry's claim he was carrying out a drought survey to assess the extent of damage to the sugarcane crop.
After having confined Indian cane farmers to a second girmit, via his unequivocal support and participation in Frank Bainimarama's military regime for 18 months as its Finance and Sugar Minister, Chaudhry now hopes farmers will sympathise with his plight.
But the majority of them, we have been informed, understand Chaudhry's well-rehearsed cons, especially his penchant for making appearances like a pageant or festival contestant, or queen, who has to show her face to the crowd to buy support.
While a pageant contestant's objective is to win popular support to help grab the crown, similarly, Chaudhry is playing his tricks to con farmers into sympathising with him.
What kind of leader would wait two hours to enjoy fresh goat curry at a drought stricken farmer's home, whose income has been severely depleted not only by the drought, but also by losses incurred as a result of the problem plagued sugar mills?
If Chaudhry were indeed a kind and caring leader, he would have insisted the farmer sell his goat to earn some valuable dollars and boost his meagre income; even if the farmer had offered to slaughter it out of respect.
But sources say it is Chaudhry's perennial style to feast, even at the expense of the electorate he professes to serve. We need look no further for a prime example of this false benevolence than the $2 million Australian dollars sitting in Australia that he collected in India in the name of the poor following the 2000 coup.
Editor's Note: Chaudhry is expected to appear in court today on the charge of breaching the Public Order Act.