AAPI condemns the brutal murder of Indian American Psychiatrist

Appeals to Trump Admin. to prevent violence against physicians and bring to justice those behind the murder

Chicago, IL: September 165, 2017:  “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,” Dr. Gautam Samadder, President of American Association of Physicians of India Origin (AAPI) said here today.

In a statement issued here Dr. Gautam Samadder condemned the brutal murder of 57-year-old Achutha Reddy. He urged the US 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 US 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,”

The Indian American psychiatrist was found dead on September 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 Dr. Reddy 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.

The police officer reported that Dr. Reddy was found with multiple stab wounds on his upper body. Dr 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.

Holistic Psychiatric Hospital released a statement Sept. 14. “Yesterday, we experienced a great loss in our lives,” wrote psychotherapist Brenda Trammel. “Dr. Reddy was an amazing, compassionate man who was kind and loving to anyone he met.”

“He thought of himself as our father and his job was to guide us to do well in our lives,” wrote Trammel, adding: “He expected the best from us, and we gave it to him with the same abandon he gave to us.”

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.

Recalling that from ancient times, physicians across the world have been revered for dedicating their lives for the noble mission of preventing people from getting and saving millions of lives of people from illnesses, Dr. Samadder said. “We as a community of physicians and individual members of this fraternity have 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.”

Expressing shock 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.

The members of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), an umbrella organization which has nearly 110 local chapters, specialty societies and alumni organizations, with over 35 years of history of dedicated services to their motherland and the adopted land, are appalled at the growing violence against our fellow physicians, Dr. Samadder said. “We strongly condemn this ongoing 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.” For more information on AAPI, please visit: www.aapiusa.org

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