New Delhi, Aug 22: Indian security agencies have started investigating claims made by the Turkish government about the infiltration of Fethullah Gulen Terrorist Organisation (FETO) into India. Turkey's President, Tayyip Erdogan said that FETO had infiltrated into India and sought help to remove it. He had blamed FETO for the last month's failed coup attempt to topple him.
FETO which is headed by Turkish preacher Muhammed Fethullah Gulen runs many charity organisations. The organisation has several supporters across Central Asia and has been termed as a organisation which follows a moderate blend of Islam.
However, Erdogan says that FETO is a secretive transnational criminal network which has its presence across the world.
India will probe
India will now look into the allegations made by Erdogan regarding FETO. Although no clear presence of FETO which was termed a terrorist outfit by Turkey is visible in India, agencies would look into the allegations.
An Intelligence Bureau officer says that the first step would be to detect the presence of the organisation and also find out if it has been indulging in activity that is counter productive to the security of the nation.
There have been mixed views about FETO. Many would say that FETO was designated as a terrorist organisation after Gulen fell out with Erdogan. Gulen currently is in the United States of America and was recently blamed for the failed coup in Turkey.
FETO follows the preachings of Gulen. The organisation has several supporters in Central Asia. The followers of Gulen say that the organisation follows a modertate blend of Islam. Further the organisation has also adopted a modern approach.
FETO is active in active concerning education, finance, health, media, and humanitarian aid.
The members of FETO say that Erdogan is just looking for an excuse to scuttle Gulen. He seeks to neutralise any voice of dissent in Turkey and hence has decided to target FETO, its members also point out.
India's external affairs ministry spokesperson, Vikas Swarup says that India is sensitive to Turkey's concerns and the demands made by Ankara will be looked into by the security agencies.