M.İ.Ö., a health technician who was earlier dismissed from his job with a government decree, has been taken into custody while selling simit in Sivas province over his alleged links to Turkey’s Gülen group, the Milliyet daily reported.

According to the report, M.İ.Ö. lost his job with a decree issued by the Turkish government after a coup attempt on July 15, 2016 and then started to make a living out of selling simit, a circular bread, typically encrusted with sesame seeds or, less commonly, poppy, flax or sunflower seeds, found across the cuisines of the former Ottoman Empire, and the Middle East.

He was detained by Sivas police on Thursday wahile selling Simit in the historic Hukumet square in the city centre of Sivas as part of an investgation carried out by the Denizli 3rd High Criminal Court.

The purge-victim man is accuse od having links to Turkey’s Gülen group, which is accused of masterminding a coup attempt on July 15, 2016.

The group denies any involvement.

More than 150,000 people have been detained and some 80,000 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 their passports like thousands of others.