Three people were detained in Turkey’s border province of Edirne while they were on their way to escape to the Greece, Dogan news agency reported on Monday.
Dogan said one of the detainees had been under investigation over over his links to the Gulen movement while the remaining two were suspected to be ByLock users. ByLock is a controversial, encrypted mobile app that Turkish government believes to be the once top communication tool among Gulenists.
Gendarmerie rounded up the suspects near the Üyüklütatar village in Edirne. Two Bangladeshi nationals were also caught along with the trio while media said they were paid to facilitate the illegal trip.
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 126,000 people have been detained and some 56,000 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.