At least 40 teachers were detained in the central Anatolian province of Aksaray while police are trying to find another 31 educators as part of an investigation into the Gulen movement, on Friday.
Detention warrants were issued for 71 teachers in four provinces over their links to the Gulen movement, which the government accuses of masterminding the July 15, 2016 abortive coup. The Public Prosecutor’s Office in the central Anatolian province of Aksaray issued the warrants and police were ordered to detain 71 individuals in Aksaray, Mersin, Kayseri and Bolu.
Media reported that 40 of the suspects have been caught mid-Friday. The suspects include teachers, principals and vice principals who were earlier removed from their jobs under emergency rule, according media.
Meanwhile, Ankara police also detained 27 people as part of two, Ankara-based investigations into the now-closed Gulen schools in the capital the same day while 44 others were still being sought within same probes. In a separate investigation in the eastern province of Diyarbakir, 19 were taken under custody on Friday.
The government detained more than 126,000 people over ties to the Gulen movement which denies involvement in the failed takeover.