Turkish police have detained at least forty-three people, 16 of whom are dismissed public officers, in the northern province of Ordu for providing “moral and material support” to the families of individuals targeted by a post-coup crackdown in Turkey, the Turkish media reported.

The suspects were detained on Friday following detention warrants issued by the Ordu Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office.

The Turkish government accuses the Gülen group of masterminding a failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016 and labels it a “terrorist organization,” although the group denies involvement in the coup attempt or any terrorist activity.

Following the coup 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.