Turkey’s post-coup witch hunt continues claiming lives with a 42-year-old police officers killed himself by hanging in a forestland in Çorum province.
Father of two police officer, known by initials H.T., was among thousand others who were suspended over his alleged links to the Gülen movement, which the government accuses of masterminding the July 15 coup attempt.
His wife Ç.T. reported to police that H.T. was missing for a while.
According to Turkish media, his colleagues accompanies by gendarmerie forces found the dead body of H.T. hanged on a tree in a forested area on the outskirts of Çorum.
“My husband was innocent. You ruined us,” Ç.T. reportedly shouted before she fainted.
H.T. was in his 19th years in the profession.
Committing suicides has become a common occurrence in the aftermath of the coup attempt. At least 20 people have reportedly committed suicide either after they were imprisoned over ties to the movement or after being linked to the movement outside prison.
The relatives of most of them claim that the detainees are not the kind of people to commit suicide, casting doubt on the official narrative. Rumors also have it that some of the detainees were killed after being subjected to torture under custody.