Turkish prosecutors have issued detention warrants for a total of 142 people across 32 provinces due to their alleged links to the faith-based Gülen movement.
The individuals for whom detention warrants have been issued as part of a Konya-based operation are accused of using a smart phone application known as ByLock.
Turkish authorities believe ByLock is a communication tool between members of the Gülen movement.
Anadolu Agency said police have detained 40 of the suspects by Wednesday afternoon.
Turkey experienced 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 despite the lack of any evidence to that effect.
In the currently ongoing post-coup purge, over 135,000 people, including thousands within the military, have been purged due to their real or alleged connection to the Gülen movement, according to a statement by the labor minister on Jan. 10. As of March 1, 93,248 people were being held without charge, with an additional 46,274 in pre-trial detention.
A total of 7,316 academics were dismissed, and 4,070 judges and prosecutors were purged over alleged coup involvement or terrorist links.