At least 31 people who used to work at Ankara University were detained as part of an investigation into the Gulen movement, on Tuesday.

Accused of using ByLock smartphone application, the detainees included academics, lecturers, research assistants and employees who were dismissed or laid off from their jobs in the aftermath of the July 15, 2016 coup attempt.

ByLock is considered by Turkish authorities to be the top communication tool among followers of the Gülen movement, which is accused by the government of masterminding a failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016.

Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement, inspired by US-based Turkish scholar Fethullah Gülen.

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

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