Police detained 36 academicians at Erzurum’s Atatürk University, increasing the already-high number of intellectuals taken under custody as part of an investigation into the July 15 failed coup, on Sunday.
Academics implicated in Sunday operation had their homes raided and several documents seized.
Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 which killed some 240 people and wounded a thousand others. While the government accuses the Gülen movement of masterminding the putsch, the movement has repeatedly repudiated such claims, condemning any intervention into democratically-elected administrations.
Some 82,000 people have been purged from state bodies, 40,000 detained and 20,000 arrested since the coup attempt. Arrestees included journalists, judges, prosecutors, police and military officers, academics, governors and even a comedian.