Psy­chi­a­trist killed

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A RENOWNED In­dian doc­tor who ex­pounded a sys­tem called “Ab­so­lute Yoga” was stabbed to death in Kansas, US.

One of his pa­tients was ar­rested for the killing, po­lice said.

Achutha Reddy, a psy­chi­a­trist from Te­lan­gana, was mur­dered at his clinic in East Wi­chita.

An In­dian Amer­i­can man, Umar Rashid Dutt, was ar­rested and charged with first de­gree mur­der, ac­cord­ing to TV sta­tion KAKE.

Reddy, 57, is the sec­ond In­dian killed this year in Kansas. An­other Te­lan­gana res­i­dent, Srini­vas Kuchib­hotla, was shot dead in Olathe in Fe­bru­ary.

Me­dia re­ports quoted the po­lice as say­ing the as­sailant re­peat­edly stabbed the doc­tor af­ter a con­ver­sa­tion.

The at­tack on Reddy be­gan in his clinic and ended in a nearby lane as the flee­ing doc­tor was chased down by the as­sailant.

Po­lice Lieu­tenant Todd Ojile said the of­fice man­ager of Reddy’s Holis­tic Psy­chi­atric Ser­vices heard a dis­tur­bance in the doc­tor’s of­fice last Wed­nes­day at around 7pm and saw the as­sault tak­ing place.

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

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

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

Reddy’s wife Beena is also a doc­tor. Fel­low doc­tors and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity de­scribed his death as “a tragic loss to so­ci­ety”.

Reddy, from Nal­go­nda, grad­u­ated from Os­ma­nia Med­i­cal Col­lege in 1986.

He moved to the US where he com­pleted his res­i­dency in psy­chi­a­try from the Uni­ver­sity of Kansas Med­i­cal School in Wi­chita.

Reddy was af­fil­i­ated to var­i­ous hos­pi­tals in the re­gion and was known to be a yoga and fit­ness ex­pert. He ex­pounded a sys­tem he called “Ab­so­lute Yoga”.

Ac­cord­ing to KAKE, a Wi­chita State Uni­ver­sity spokesman said Dutt, ar­rested for Reddy’s mur­der, was a former stu­dent and was last en­rolled in the spring of 2015. He is be­ing held in prison on a $1 mil­lion bond.

Dutt’s neigh­bours and a former teacher said al­though he was “kind and very quiet”, he was also re­bel­lious and in­volved with wrong com­pany.

Ryan Schrader, who taught Dutt for three years in high school, told a US TV sta­tion that he re­mem­bered dis­cus­sions on him be­ing sent to In­dia as one of sev­eral ideas to “get him on a bet­ter path”.

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.”

April Marie Sch­lenker from Kansas State Uni­ver­sity said: “Reddy was so unique to any­one else I have ever met in the ther­apy/psy­chi­atric world. He con­nected al­most in­stantly with peo­ple. His eyes held wis­dom and se­crets and joy.”

A pa­tient, Ce­cilia Smith, cred­ited him with sav­ing her life. She told KWCH TV. “I tried killing my­self, and if it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t have been here to­day.”

Reddy’s fam­ily said it “wants to thank each and ev­ery one that made his life a joy ev­ery day”. – IANS

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