Elderly parents of Telangana doctor who was killed in US may not see his body

Fifty-seven-year-old Reddy was stabbed to death by his patient Umar Rashid Dutt near the Holistic Psychiatric Services building on Carriage Parkway in Wichita.

india Updated: Sep 16, 2017 14:08 IST
Srinivasa Rao Apparasu, Hyderabad, Hindustan Times
Telangana,Elderly parents,Kansas killing
Family of doctor Nagireddy Achutha Reddy, who was killed by a patient in Kansas on Wednesday.

When Nagireddy Achutha Reddy, a practising psychiatrist in the US state of Kansas, came to meet his aged parents in his hometown in Nalgonda district of Telangana earlier in January, little did they expect that they were seeing him for the last time.

Fifty-seven-year-old Reddy was stabbed to death by his patient Umar Rashid Dutt near the Holistic Psychiatric Services building on Carriage Parkway in Wichita at 7.22pm local time on Wednesday.

According to his family members in Miryalguda, his body is unlikely to be brought to his hometown where his parents – N Bhadra Reddy (87) and Parijaatha (80) – live.

“His wife Beena, three children, and his in-laws – all settled in the US more than three decades ago. If the body has to be brought here, all of them have to accompany it, which looks improbable,” one of his cousins said.

“It appears they want to cremate the body in the US itself.”

His nephew Gautam, however, said the family members would try to convince his wife and in-laws to bring the body to Miryalguda.

“The old parents cannot go to the US and it is quite natural that they want to have a last glimpse of their son,” Gautam told the Hindustan Times. “The post-mortem formalities are going on at present. We shall talk to my aunt and others later and take a decision,” he said.

Reddy’s parents got a call from the United States on Thursday morning, saying their eldest son was killed by 21-year-old Umar Rashid Dutt.

“He used to come to India at least once a year. He was here in January last and stayed until the first week of February. He assured that he would bring his family and kids on his next visit, but he has gone forever,” lamented Bhadra Reddy, a retired state roads and buildings department engineer.

Reddy’s younger brother Aravind is a structural engineer in Hyderabad and sister Padmaja is a home maker in Nalgonda.

“Their’s is a closely knit and happy family. After retirement, my grandfather settled down in Miryalguda taking care of little agricultural land he had inherited. They are too old to move out now,” Gautam said.

He said Dutt’s family also hailed from south India.

“Dutt’s father is said to be from Hyderabad and mother from Bengaluru and they too got settled in the US long ago. Dutt had been undergoing treatment with my uncle for the last two years. We were told he was a very aggressive patient but we never expected that he would resort to killing the same doctor who had been treating him,” Gautam added.

Reddy was an alumnus of Osmania Medical College in India and graduated in 1986. He later moved to the US and completed his residency in psychiatry at the University of Kansas Medical School in Wichita, and began practising in 1989.

He was running the Holistic Psychiatric Services in Wichita, apart from being affiliated with several hospitals in the area.

First Published: Sep 15, 2017 16:37 IST