Patient stabs Indian-American doctor to death in Kansas

Hyderabad: Psychiatrist Achutha Reddy, who hailed from Nalgonda in Telangana, was stabbed to death in the US state of Kansas. Police have arrested one of his patients, 21-year-old Umar Rashid Dutt, also an Indian-American, on charges of first-degree murder.

Reddy was found dead with multiple knife wounds near the Holistic Psychiatric Services building on Carriage Parkway in Wichita, while 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.

It was revealed during the investigation that the suspect was a client of Dr Reddy. The officer manager told police she heard some disturbance and found Dutt assaulting Reddy. Reddy tried to flee but Dutt chased him and allegedly stabbed him numerous times in the alley.

Umar who was a former student of Wichita State University has been held on $1 million bond. Reddy was an alumni of Osmania Medical College in India, from which he graduated in 1986. After moving to the US he completed his residency in psychiatry from the University of Kansas Medical School in Wichita, and then began practicing 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.

This is the second killing this year of an Indian in Kansas where Srinivas Kuchibhotla also hailing from Telangana was shot dead in February.