Turkish authority suspended over 12,000 police personnel from duty as they had alleged links with US based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gülen. Turkey accused him for masterminding the July 15 failed coup, the police headquarter on Tuesday said.
Broadcaster CNN Turk reported that the movement came after the Interior Ministry launched an investigation into the police force. The Turkish government announced a state of emergency for the next three months starting on 19th October. The state of emergency introduced after the failed coup.
According to a statement, 2,523 police chiefs were also included among the 12,801 suspended officers. The total number of police in Turkey was 250,000.
Turkey suspected that the suspended officers had links to the Gülen movement in which they attempted coup and tried to expel President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
But Gülen denied the accusation. Since 1999 he lived in self-imposed exile in the US. Tens of thousands of people have been suspended in connection to the movement. The suspended people were from different government posts including civil service, judiciary, education sector and military. Another 32,000 were arrested on the same charge.
Turkey wants that the US should extradite Gülen and prosecuted him on the charges that he masterminded the coup to oust the President.