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Indian-origin psychiatrist chased outside clinic in Kansas, stabbed to death, patient arrested

Achutha N Reddy was an alumnus of Osmania Medical College and had been practising in Kansas since 1989.

world Updated: Sep 15, 2017 13:35 IST
HT Correspondents
HT Correspondents
Hindustan Times, Washington/Hyderabad
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Screengrab featuring Achutha N Reddy from a video posted on his YouTube channel. Reddy was stabbed and killed near his office in the US state of Kansas on Wednesday.(YouTube video grab)

An Indian-origin doctor was stabbed to death in the US state of Kansas and police have arrested a 21-year-old suspect on charges of first-degree murder, officials said on Thursday.

Psychiatrist Achutha Reddy, who hailed from Nalgonda in Telangana, was found dead with multiple knife wounds near the Holistic Psychiatric Services building on Carriage Parkway in Wichita at 7.22 pm local time on Wednesday.

One of his patients, 21-year-old Umar Rashid Dutt, also an Indian-American, has been arrested and charged with first degree murder.

Reddy was pronounced dead on the scene by the police, Lt Todd Ojile, section commander of the homicide division at the Wichita Police Department, told reporters at a news conference on Thursday.

The accused man was found at a country club after a security guard reported a suspicious person sitting in a car in the parking lot with blood on his clothes.

Officers took the suspect, who was subsequently identified as Dutt, into custody.

“During the investigation, we learned that the 21-year- old suspect was a client of Dr Reddy and had been at the office. The suspect was in the business for a short time. He left and then later came back with Dr Reddy and they went into an office there,” Ojile said.

The officer manager told police she heard some disturbance and found Dutt assaulting Reddy. Reddy tried to leave but Dutt followed him and allegedly stabbed him numerous times in the alley.

Umar has been held on $1 million bond. According to Wichita State University, he was a former student and was last enrolled in the spring of 2015.

Reddy was an alumni of Osmania Medical College in India, from which he graduated in 1986. He later moved to the US and completed his residency in psychiatry from the University of Kansas Medical School in Wichita, and then began practising in 1989. He was running the Holistic Psychiatric Services in Wichita, apart from being affiliated to several hospitals in the area.

He is survived by his wife Beena and their three children Radha, Lakshmi and Vishnu, besides his parents Bhadra and Parijata Reddy.

The Indian American community in Wichita has expressed shock over incident.

“With a heavy heart, we regret to inform our community, that a member of our Wichita Indian Community lost his life last night. We will provide more information as it becomes available,” Cultural Association of India-Wichita said.

In February, Hyderabad engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla, also from Andhra Pradesh, was shot dead in Kansas City in a racially motivated crime.

(With PTI inputs)

First Published: Sep 14, 2017 21:33 IST