Two dead in Odisha mining accident

Bhubaneswar, Nov 10 : At least two people were killed and one critically injured when a machine used to pile up materials broke down in an iron ore mine in Odisha, police said Sunday.

The accident took place at the Bolani mine of the Rourkela Steel Plant in Keonjhar district, about 300 km from state capital Bhubaneswar, when contractual labourers were operating the machine Saturday, police officer P.K. Samal told IANS.

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

Ignesh Khedia, the worker who managed to survive, is undergoing treatment at a hospital in the steel city of Rourkela. His condition is stated to be serious, he said.

The Rourkela Steel Plant is a unit of the state-run Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL). A steel plant official said a probe has been ordered into the accident.

--IANS (Posted on 10-11-2013)

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