The Additional Sessions Judge, fast track court, Phulbani passed the order on Friday. Aggrieved over the police action against them during the communal riots, a mob consisting of mostly tribals, had attacked the police station at Gochhapada, 30 km from Phulbani on the night of September 15, 2008, the prosecution said.
They had also gunned down Bibhudendra Biswal, an on-duty jawan of the OSAP 3rd batallion near the police station. All the accused belonged to nearby villages of Tambisuga, Gorasahi, Pipalmal, Murja and Gochhapara.
Meanwhile, the trial of the killing of Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati has also begun in the same court in Phulbani on July 30.
During the last two days two jawans of 3rd batallion - Simanchal Patra and Pandera Singh - were examined as witnesses.