Three persons were convicted and sentenced to three years imprisonment for their involvement in rioting and arson during communal riots in Kandhamal district in December 2007 by a Fast Track Court of Phulbani on Friday. These persons had committed their crime at Gudrikia village of Kandhamal district on Dec 26, 2007. Apart from the jail sentence, the additional Sessions Judge Shobhan Kumar Das also imposed fine of 1000 rupees on each of the convict. It may be noted that a clash on the day before Christmas at Brahmanigaon had sparked off large scale communal violence in most parts of the district in December 2007.