At least six people were put in pre-trial detention after being detained during police raids in Istanbul last week.

Police raided several locations in Istanbul between Sept 6-7 to round up the suspects.

Accused of having ties to the Gulen movement, the arrestees include one teacher as well as the General Secretary of the now-closed Turgut Ozal University. The pair were reportedly preparing to escape from Turkey to Greece with illegal means.

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. The government accuses the movement of masterminding the coup while the latter denies involvement.

More than 150,000 people have been detained and some 80,000 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 Feb 13, at least three people died and five others were missing after a boat carrying a group of eight capsized in the Evros River while seeking to escape a post-coup crackdown in Turkey.

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