Six people including 2 children were detained while they were reportedly on their way to escape to the Greek island of Symi in the Aegean Sea.
Media reported Tuesday that the group was rounded up after police raided their boat before it departed from Turkey’s resort district of Marmaris.
The ID check by the coast guard revealed that the group consisted of people with outstanding arrest warrants over their alleged ties to the Gulen movement, and their two children.
Media said the detainees has been dismissed from their jobs over Gulen links with the recent government decree that removed some 18,600 other from the office.
Thousands of people have fled Turkey due to a massive witch-hunt launched by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government against sympathizers of the Gülen movement in the wake of a failed coup attempt on July 15. The government accuses the movement of masterminding the coup while the latter denies involvement.
More than 150,000 people have been detained and some 80,000 including academics, judges, doctors, teachers, lawyers, students, policemen and many from different backgrounds have been put in pre-trial detention since last summer.
Many tried to escape Turkey via illegal ways as the government cancelled their passports like thousands of others.
On Feb 13, at least three people died and five others were missing after a boat carrying a group of eight capsized in the Evros River while seeking to escape a post-coup crackdown in Turkey.