Turkish police have detained a total of 1,768 people throughout January over alleged links to the Gülen group, an Interior Ministry spokesperson announced on Tuesday.

The group is accused by the government of orchestrating an abortive putsch in 2016 despite its denial of any involvement,

Following the coup 2016 attempt, the Turkish government launched a massive crackdown on followers of the group under the pretext of an anti-coup fight, as a result of which more than 150,000 people were removed from state jobs while in excess of 30,000 others were jailed and some 600,000 people have been investigated on allegations of terrorism.