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    Turkey Urges India to Shut Down Gulen-Connected Institutions

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    Ankara urged Delhi to shut down institutions connected with Fethullah Gulen following a thwarted coup.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Turkey requested India to close all institutions connected to the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETO) following military coup attempt, Turkey's Consul General Erdal Sabri Ergen said Monday.

    "We have requested Indian and Maharashtra government that all institutions in Mumbai and elsewhere, connected with this network be closed," Ergen told journalists as quoted by PTI news agency.

    He added that Ankara provided New Delhi with many evidence proving that FETO is "an illegal network with a sinister design in mind."

    On July 15, the Turkish authorities said that an attempted coup was taking place in the country. Over 13,000 people have been detained in connection with the coup, while about 250 people died during the coup attempt.

    Ankara has accused Fethullah Gulen and his followers of playing a key role in the coup. Gulen, who has lived in the US state of Pennsylvania since 1999, has denied allegations that he orchestrated the July 15 coup attempt in Turkey.


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