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Critics locked up at home, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives today

* Kashif Hassan Khan, a Mumbai resident, was planning to marry his Turkish fiancee Ruqayya before she was jailed for downloading Bylock, a messenger app that was allegedly used in Turkey by plotters of the foiled coup last July.* Salman, a Turkish businessman, is in India for treatment but cannot return because he supported the exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen, whose backers allegedly triggered the coup.* Omar, from J&K, was pursuing an engineering degree from Gediz university in Izmir, but the institution was shut down because it was allegedly a Gulenist initiative.

ON SUNDAY, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan touches down in Delhi to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi the day after, Kashif, Salman and Omar are among those who want India to raise with Turkey the issue of human rights violations committed during the ???purge??? that followed the failed coup. Erdogan???s visit comes barely a week after he won a referendum in Turkey that granted him unprecedented powers as head of the country. ???Erdogan has separated families, put academics and journalists behind bars??? women with infants are in jail. India should not entertain him or trust him,??? says Salman, in his mid-50s, dressed in a crisp, white linen shirt. ???I will be arrested if I go back, my wife???s passport has been cancelled. My wife weeps every day,??? says Salman, who was part of the Hizmet movement in



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