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Indian-origin doctor stabbed to death in US, patient arrested

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Indian-origin doctor stabbed to death in US, patient arrested Achutha Reddy's death in Witchita on Wednesday is the second killing this year of an Indian in Kansas where Srinivas Kuchibhotla was shot dead in February. Photo: Screengrab

New York: An Indian-origin doctor was stabbed to death in the Kansas state of the US. One of his patients has been arrested as a suspect in the stabbing death, the police said.

Achutha Reddy's death in Witchita is the second killing this year of an Indian in Kansas where Srinivas Kuchibhotla was shot dead in February. Both hailed form Telengana.

The 21-year-old man, who was arrested, was identified as Umar Rashid Dutt in jail booking records, according to TV station KAKE.

Police Lieutenant Todd Ojile said on Thursday that the office manager of Reddy's Holistic Psychiatric Services heard a disturbance in the doctor's office Wednesday evening and saw the assault taking place when he went in.

The manager tried to stop the attack allowing Reddy to flee, but the doctor was chased by the assailant and killed in a second assault in an alley behind the clinic, Ojile said.

He said that Reddy had several stab wounds and was pronounced dead by the emergency medical team that responded.

The suspect was arrested near a country club a short time later, when a security guard alerted police to a man covered with blood in a car, Ojile said.

According to TV station KAKE, a Wichita State University spokesman said Dutt was a former student and was last enrolled in the spring of 2015.

The Wichita Eagle newspaper said that Reddy, who graduated from Hyderabad's Osmania Medical College in 1986, did an internship at St. Louis University in 1994 and a residency at the Kansas University School of Medicine-Wichita in 1998.

Fellow doctors and members of the community said his death was a loss to society.

The Wichita Eagle newspaper quoted Denis Knight, president of the Medical Society of Sedgwick County, as saying: "The Medical Society is heartbroken over the loss of Reddy."

Achutha Reddy's wife, Beena Reddy, is also a doctor and Denis said: "Our thoughts and prayers go out to her. Reddy's death is a tragic loss to our community."

The newspaper quoted Brenda Trammel, a psychotherapist at his clinic, as saying: "Reddy was an amazing, compassionate man who was kind and loving to anyone he met. He had a gift of knowing what each and everyone of us needed and gave it freely."

April Marie Schlenker from Kansas State University said in a post on TV station KAKE's site: "Reddy was so unique to any one else I have ever met in the therapy/psychiatric world. He connected almost instantly with people. His eyes held wisdom and secrets and joy."

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