A huge cleansing of Turkey’s state and other institutions is continuing as people from all walks of life find themselves being hunted down and taken into custody.
At least 91 people were arrested, while 233 others were detained over the past 24 hours, according to Turkish news agencies.
Police carried out the operations in at least 29 provinces across Turkey. With most of the arrestees being police officers, those arrested over the past day also included civil servants, businessmen and prosecutors.
Throughout Thursday, at least ninety-six police officers were arrested across Turkey over alleged links to the Gülen movement.
Safranbolu Chief Prosecutor Alper Zeki Gürel was taken into custody on charges of using ByLock, a smart phone application that authorities believe is a communication tool between members of the Gülen movement.
A Turkish court ruled for the arrest of one of the nephews of Turkish scholar Fethullah Gülen in the Turgutlu district of western Manisa province, Anadolu News Agency reported.
Gendarmerie forces rounded up 20 people in Turkey’s border province of Edirne as they were attempting to flee to Greece.
Detention warrants were issued for 177 former and on-duty police officers as part of an investigation into the Gülen movement.