Police on Tuesday raided several locations across Turkey in line with detention warrants issued for 45 members of the Turkish Naval Forces for having a smart phone application named Bylock, which is considered a communication tool of the Gülen movement.
Police had detained five people in İstanbul, one in Hatay and one in Kocaeli as of Tuesday morning.
The government holds the Gülen movement responsible for a failed coup on July 15. As a result, over 100,000 people have been dismissed from their jobs along with one-third of the Turkish military, according to the Council of Europe.
Bylock is claimed to be an encrypted messaging method used by Gülen followers provided to them by the movement despite the fact that it was an application that was freely available on the Internet. Although the government claimed that messaging proving coup plotting was detected, not a single conversation has been yet been shared with the public. Over 41,000 people have been arrested in Turkey since July 15 on charges of links to the Gülen movement and the failed coup.