A total of fifty businessmen, housewives and police officers were detained as part of ongoing operations throughout Monday targeting the followers of the Gülen movement due to their use of a smart phone application known as ByLock.

The operations, which were based in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa, were conducted across 6 provinces, including İstanbul, Gaziantep, Mersin, Osmaniye and Sakarya.

Turkish authorities believe ByLock is a communication tool between members of the Gülen movement.

Tens of thousands of civil servants, police officers and businessmen have either been dismissed or arrested for using ByLock since a failed coup attempt last July.

Some of the detainees were reportedly dismissed from profession with recent decrees issued by Turkish government in the aftermath of the coup attempt.