A FAMILY in Tuatua, Labada is living in fear after thieves broke into their home early this week, tied their elderly father with a rope and threw him on the bed.
Sheik Jamir, 65, who stays with his 42-year old daughter, Nazia Bi, is admitted at Labasa Hospital.
Ms Bi said after her dad was assaulted by robbers, they tried to set him alight but when this failed, they threw him outside.
She said her dad was alone at home at the time while other members of the family were in Seaqaqa, visiting relatives.
Ms Bi said she spoke to her father earlier yesterday and he had related to her what had happened.
"According to my father he was having a chat with our Fijian relatives at the house on Monday night before they left home around 11pm," said Ms Bi.
"Around midnight, just as he was about to fall asleep he heard scraping sounds from the tin outside and got up to investigate the matter.
"He said he was at the entrance to the sitting room when he received a punch and fell," she said.
"He said they tied him with a rope and when they could not burn him they took him to our chicken coop and threw him there while they looted our house," said Ms Bi.
"These actions are inhumane and people like these should not be given a chance to live.
"We are still trying to figure out how much money was stolen from our house but this is such a sad day for us, we have stayed for this long in Tuatua and cannot believe that people are capable of doing this to us," she said.
Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro confirmed that police in Labasa were dealing with the case and investigations were progressing.
"We are questioning a suspect and we have other leads in the case that we need to investigate further," Ms Naisoro said.