The former police chief of Diyarbakir’s Sur district was detained along with his brother in Turkey’s border province of Edirne while they were reportedly on their ways for an illegal exit to Greece.

According to state-run Anadolu news agency, S.A., the police chief who was earlier dismissed over his alleged links to the Gulen movement, and his brother, also S.A., were stopped in a car near Begendik intersection in Edirne.

Gendarmerie detained the pair on suspicion that they were planning to escape Turkey to Greece.

Previously, S.A. also spent some time in prison over ties to the movement, which the Turkish government accuses of masterminding the July 15, 2016 coup attempt.

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 thousands of passports in the aftermath of the failed putsch.

Anadolu reported on Monday that another a family of three, too, was detained near Turkey’s Bulgarian border in a similar incident.