Bhubaneswar: At least two people were killed and one was critically injured in an accident inside an iron ore mine in Odisha, police said Sunday.

A machine used to pile up materials broke down Saturday at the Bolani mine of the Rourkela steel plant in Keonjhar district when labourers were operating it, police officer P.K. Samal told IANS.

The dead were identified as Meenajuddin Ansari, 40, and Suresh Munda, 25.

Ignesh Khedia, who survived, was undergoing treatment at a hospital in Rourkela city. His condition was stated to be serious. Keonjhar district is around 300 km from Bhubaneswar.

The Rourkela steel plant is a unit of the state-run Steel Authority of India Ltd.