KOLKATA, 18 JUNE: Gold and silver ornaments worth over several lakh have been stolen from a locked flat in Rameshwar Malia Lane in Howrah. The incident took places just a few metres from the official residence of the police commissioner. The burglary came to light this morning after the house owner returned and found the collapsible gates and almirah in the rooms broken. Mr Madan Lal Joshi (56), who lives on the top floor of the six-storey Sharma apartment at Rameshwar Malia Lane, said the house was locked since 30 May as he, along with his wife and daughter, had gone to attend a wedding in Bikaner of Rajasthan. Mr Joshi, claimed 25 grams of gold and silver ornaments and cash worth Rs 3.5 lakh cash stashed in the lockers of the almirah was stolen. He accused the poor lightning system in the building coupled with no security apparatus being the main reason for the theft. “The top three floors are plunged in darkness even during the day providing ample opportunity for burglars to perform the heist,” he said. He, however, added he has been living in the same place since the past 30 years and such incident has never taken place before. Policemen who rushed to the apartment after being informed recovered a screwdriver used to commit the crime. “It seems to be a job of an insider who was aware the family was not in the city. We have got certain clues and the accused will soon be arrested,” said a police officer. sns