Doshi, a 2014 batch IPS officer, served as the Superintendent of Police in Jalna. On September 1, he was in charge when a lathi-charge was directed at protestors demanding Maratha reservation in the Antarwali Sarathi village, Ambad tehsil, sparking a significant political controversy in Maharashtra.
Within a mere four days of his posting, the state home department has redirected IPS officer Tushar Doshi from the state CID to the Government Railway Police. This move was prompted by objections voiced by Maratha activist Manoj Jarange-Patil and Shiv Sena minister Eknath Shinde.
Doshi’s relocation ensued after he was dismissed from his role as the Superintendent of Police in Jalna district, a consequence of a lathicharge incident on Maratha protesters at Antawali Sarati village on September 1. In response to the demands of Maratha community leaders for accountability, he was placed on compulsory leave.
On November 20, Doshi assumed the role of superintendent in the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID), a decision challenged by Jarange-Patil.
School education minister Deepak Kesarkar, affiliated with Shinde’s Shiv Sena, wrote a letter to the chief minister opposing Doshi’s assignment. Kesarkar contended that, considering the unresolved charges connected to the lathicharge incident, Doshi’s appointment should be suspended.
In response to Kesarkar’s appeal, the home department revoked Doshi’s CID posting and appointed him as the superintendent of the Government Railway Police in Pune. The lathicharge incident had sparked extensive protests from the Maratha community and opposition parties, with demonstrators calling for the removal of Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who concurrently serves as the home minister.
The government, aiming to pacify the unrest, took measures against several police officers, including Doshi.