A reconciliation meeting between the Indigenous people and the Bangalee settlers was held on Saturday, after 21 days of the Taindong attack in Khagrachhari.
The Jamini Para BGB zone organised the meeting at the Taindong Senior Aleem Madrasa in Matiranga, around 11am, with the objective to find a middle ground for the two warring groups.
Prior to the meeting, two preparatory sessions were held for the two sides separately, according to a report by banglanews24.com.
Around 9am, representatives of the Indigenous people met for an hour-long session to discuss their issues related to the August 3 attack and afterwards, around 10am, representatives of the Bangalees met to discuss theirs.
The joint-meeting was held in presence of Acting Commander of Jamini Para BGB zone Major Sihab Uddin, Assistant Police Superintendent of Ramghor Circle Md Shahjahan, Matiranga Upazila Chairman Md Shamsul Alam, Taindong Union Parishad Chairman Tajul Islam and local dignitaries.
The two sides agreed to work towards improving mutual relations between Bangalees and the indigenous community, and addressing the causes of distrust and discontent.
They embraced each other after the meeting and had lunch together.
On August 3, Bangalee settlers burned and ransacked 34 houses and two temples of the indigenous people in Taindong. Thousands of indigenous villagers took shelter in the border of neighbouring India.