A 31-year-old teacher, identified as A.Y.C. who was earlier dismissed from his job as part of the Turkish government’s post-coup crackdown, has been detained along with his wife, D.C., while reportedly on their way to escape further persecution in Turkey.

The couple was rounded up when gendarmerie stopped a bus they took in order to go abroad , in Tekirdag’s Malkara district, media said.

An arrest warrant were issued against the couple over their alleged ties to the Gulen movement 6 months ago, according to media.

Thousands of people have fled Turkey due to a massive witch-hunt launched by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government against sympathizers of the Gülen movement in the wake of a failed coup attempt on July 15. The government accuses the movement of masterminding the coup while the latter denies 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.

On Feb 13, at least three people died and five others were missing after a boat carrying a group of eight capsized in the Evros River while seeking to escape a post-coup crackdown in Turkey.