A total of 95 police officers at the Istanbul Police Department has been added to those who were suspended as part of an investigation into the Gulen Movement, which the government accuses of masterminding the July 15 coup attempt.
Among them are 57 personnel, 33 chief police officers, chief inspectors, inspectors and deputy inspectors and five 3rd and 4th degree police chiefs.
Turkey survived a military coup attempt that killed over 240 people and wounded a thousand others, on July 15. Immediately after the coup bid, the government along with the President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan have launched a widespread purge that aimed to cleanse sympathizers of the faith-based Gulen Movement from within the state institutions, dehumanize the popular figures of the movement and put them under custody.
A total of 81,494 people have been purged from state bodies, 40,029 detained and 20,355 arrested since the coup attempt. Arrestees included journalists, judges, prosecutors, police and military officers, academics, governors and even a comedian.