Kansas: A 57-year-old doctor, Achutha Reddy, a psychiatrist, from Telangana was stabbed to death with multiple stab wounds at his clinic in Kansas, US, on Wednesday.
One of his patients, a 21-year-old Indian-American, has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder.
This is the second killing this year of an Indian where Srinivas Kuchibhotla, also from Telangana, was shot dead in February.
Reports quoted the US police as saying that the attacker, identified as Umar Rashid Dutt, “repeatedly stabbed the doctor after a conversation”. He allegedly chased the doctor, who tried to get away. The police received a call around 7.20 pm.Dutt was found by the police 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. Reports suggest his mother is from Hyderabad and his father, from Bengaluru.
The manager tried to stop the attack allowing Reddy to flee, but he was chased by the assailant and killed in a second assault in an alley behind the clinic, said Police.Dr. Achyut Reddy had completed his MBBS from Osmania Medical College in Hyderabad in 1986 and 1989 shifted to US for higher studies in 1989.
After completing his residency in psychiatry from the University of Kansas Medical School in Wichita, he started practicing as a psychiatrist and later started his own clinic – Holistic Psychiatric Services – in Wichita.
Dr Reddy is survived by his wife Beena Reddy, is also a doctor and three children Radha, Lakshmi and Vishnu, besides his parents Bhadra Reddy and Parijata.
Fellow doctors and members of the community described his death as a tragic loss. A patient, Cecilia Smith, credited him with saving her life in an interview to a television channel. “I tried killing myself, and if it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t have been here today”.