Dr Achutha Reddy murder: Suspect held, has Hyderabad roots

Information reaching here indicated that the suspect’s father was a native of Hyderabad who immigrated to the US and that his mother was from Bengaluru.

By Author   |   Published: 14th Sep 2017   9:26 pm Updated: 14th Sep 2017   9:38 pm
Achutha Reddy
Dr Achutha Reddy

Hyderabad: The Wichita Police on Thursday announced the arrest of the suspect in the murder of psychiatrist Achutha Reddy, identifying him as a ‘client of the doctor’, though the motive of the murder was not known yet.

The police, in a media briefing, said the suspect had reached the 57-year-old doctor’s clinic after 7 pm on Wednesday and had a discussion with him in his office, during which there was an altercation. A staff of the clinic, on hearing the commotion, rushed in and saw the suspect assaulting the doctor. The doctor meanwhile escaped from the office and the staff alerted the police around 7:20 pm.

However, the suspect chased him and caught up with him in an alley behind the clinic, where he again assaulted him. Police said the doctor received multiple stabbings, resulting in his death.

The suspect, whom local media identified as Umar Rashid Dutt, then drove in a car to the Wichita Country Club, where a security guard saw him around 7.40pm sitting in the car, with blood on his clothes and immediately alerted the police, after which he was taken into custody. The suspect, who has been charged with the first-degree murder, has been booked into jail.

Police said that though it was found that the suspect was Dr. Reddy’s client, it was not known for how long he was a client and for what the assault took place.

Information reaching here indicated that the suspect’s father was a native of Hyderabad who immigrated to the US and that his mother was from Bengaluru.