H.B., a teacher of Turkish literature; and his wife S.B., a French teacher have been detained over their alleged ties to the Gulen movement, according to media.

Kronos online news portal reported Saturday that the Samsun-based couple is accused of membership to the Gulen movement, blamed for the July 15, 2016 failed coup by the Turkish government.

The movement denies involvement.

Kronos said the couple’s daughter, a 3-year-old and a 5-year-old, were handed over to their relatives.

More than 160,000 people have passed through police custody, of which some 60,000 were remanded in pretrial detention since the summer of 2016.

Also, 30,000 teachers were dismissed from their jobs over Gulen links, according to Education Ministry.

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