A Turkish man, identified only by his initials S.D., has reportedly jumped into Evros in a bid to avoid imprisonment, state-run Anadolu news agency said July 31.
Gendarmerie detained 3 out of 4 suspected followers of the Gulen movement, located in Saçlımüsellim village in Edirne, Turkey’s border province with Greece.
The third suspect, wanted over his ties to the movement, jumped into the Evros river after finding out that he was to be rounded up as well, Anadolu claimed.
Turkish government accuses Gulen followers of masterminding the failed coup and calls them FETO, short for the alleged Fethullahist Terrorist Organization. The group denies terrorist activities.
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, 2016. The government accuses the movement of masterminding the coup while the latter denies involvement.
More than 150,000 people have been detained and some 90,000 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 July 19, a woman and her three children died after a boat carrying a group of Turkish asylum seekers capsized in the Evros River while seeking to escape the post-coup crackdown in Turkey.