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Wichita, Kansas psychiatrist Achutha Reddy (left) was found dead in the alley behind his office Sept. 13. Umar Rashid Dutt (right) is suspected of stabbing the Indian American victim multiple times. (Facebook photos)

AAPI is heartbroken over the loss of Dr. Achutha Reddy and want to express our hearty condolences and prayers to his family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his dear family. Dr. Reddy’s death is a tragic loss to our medial fraternity.

We condemn the brutal murder of the 57-year-old Reddy and urge the U.S. administration and the local leadership to bring to justice those behind the cruel murder of the Indian American physician who had dedicated all his life for serving the sick, the disabled and those with mental health issues.

We at AAPI, the largest ethnic medical organization in the nation, urge the U.S. administration to make all the efforts possible to prevent violence against medical professionals and enable them to continue to serve the country with dignity, pride and security.

Reddy was found dead on Sept. 13 in the alley behind his East Wichita, Kansas office, his body covered with multiple stab wounds. Police arriving at the Holistic Psychiatry Clinic pronounced him dead at the scene. About 17 minutes after the first call to report Reddy’s death, the department received a call from a security guard at the Wichita Country Club, reporting a young male sitting in a car with blood all over his body.

Police arrived at the country club and arrested Umar Rashid Dutt, who is also Indian American. Dutt, 21, has been charged with first-degree murder and is currently being held at Sedgwick County Jail in Kansas, on a $1 million surety bond. 

Reddy, a prominent psychiatrist, was also a specialist in absolute yoga, a type of yoga which connects mind, body and breath and promotes a healthy lifestyle.

Hailing from Nalgonda district in Telangana, Reddy graduated from Osmania Medical College in 1986. He later moved to the U.S., where he completed his residency in psychiatry from the University of Kansas Medical School in Wichita. 

We as a community of physicians and individual members of this fraternity decided to go into the medical profession with the best of intentions. We as physicians want to help people, ease suffering and save lives. Physicians of Indian origin are well known around the world for their compassion, passion for patient care, medical skills, research, and leadership.

We are shocked that despite these noble intentions, many doctors and nurses put their own lives on the line in the course of their jobs, facing attacks from the very people they are trying to help. 

We strongly condemn this violence. And we want immediate action against the culprits, who have been carrying on these criminal acts. We are shocked by the lack of coherent action against such violence and protect members of this noble fraternity.

Gautam Samadder

President,

American Association of Physicians of India Origin

Via E-mail 

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