Seventeen academics and employees who were earlier dismissed from Erzurum’s Atatürk University were detained as part of an investigation into the Gülen movement on Friday.

The detainees include two professors, several assistant professors and research assistants

The suspects are accused of using the ByLock smart phone application, which according to prosecutors, is the top communication tool among members of the Gülen movement, accused by the government of masterminding a coup attempt in Turkey on July 15.