A prison guard who was recently suspended from his post at an Adıyaman prison in eastern Turkey, has been found hanged in the stairwell of the building he was living, Turkish media reports said on Thursday.
The 31-year-old prison guard Enver Ş. was one of the thousands of people who have been purged from state bodies in the aftermath of a failed coup attempt on July 15 on the grounds that they had links to the faith-based Gülen movement.
Enver Ş.’s death has been the 19th suspicious suicides taking place among people affected by the ongoing witch-hunt against alleged sympathizers of the Gülen movement.
Likewise, a police officer identified only by the initials E.O. committed suicide on Oct. 5 in the courtyard of the Bayburt Police Station after he was suspended over alleged links to the Gülen movement.
Also on Oct. 5 a Mersin police officer known by the initials A.T. committed suicide in a park a day after he was suspended over alleged links to the Gülen movement.
Turkey’s National Police Department on Oct. 3 suspended 12,801 officers in the latest wave of a clampdown on the movement.
On Sept. 19, the Turkey Purge reported that at least 14 people have reportedly committed suicide either after they were imprisoned over ties to the movement or after being linked to the movement outside prison. This figure now stands at 19.
The relatives of most of them claim that the detainees are not the kind of people to commit suicide, casting doubt on the official narrative. Rumors also have it that some of the detainees were killed after being subjected to torture under custody.