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Former Intel India head Avtar Saini dies after being hit by cab while cycling in Mumbai

Jaya Vishwakarma
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Avtar Saini

Avtar Saini

Avtar Saini, the former head of Intel India, tragically lost his life on Wednesday morning after being struck by a speeding cab while cycling in Navi Mumbai's Nerul area.

According to media reports, The incident occurred at around 5:50 am on Palm Beach Road, where Saini, aged 68, was riding alongside fellow cyclists. The cab collided with Saini's bicycle from behind, and in a bid to escape, the driver dragged the bicycle, wedged under the vehicle, for some distance.

Despite wearing a helmet, Saini sustained severe injuries and was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital by his companions. Unfortunately, he was declared dead upon arrival.


Who was the cab driver?

The cab driver, identified as Hrishikesh Khade, was apprehended by the other cyclists and handed over to the police.

Khade has been booked for rash and negligent driving causing death but has not been arrested; instead, he received a notice to cooperate with the investigation and to appear in court when required, media reports said.

Who was Avtar Saini?

Avtar Saini was a prominent figure in the tech industry, known for his significant contributions to Intel's growth in India. He played a crucial role in establishing the Intel R&D center in the country and led the design of several key processors, including the Intel 386, 486, and the iconic Pentium processor. His career at Intel spanned from 1982 to 2004, during which he was revered as an outstanding leader and a valuable mentor.

Gokul V Subramaniam, Intel India President, expressed his condolences on LinkedIn, highlighting Saini's impact on the company and the tech industry at large. "Avtar played a key role in setting up the Intel R&D center in India. He will be remembered as a prolific inventor, an outstanding leader, and a valuable mentor," Subramaniam wrote.

Saini, a resident of suburban Chembur, led a solitary life after the passing of his wife three years ago. He is survived by his son and daughter, who reside in the United States. Saini was planning a visit to them next month, a journey that has now been tragically cut short. His death has left a void in the hearts of his family, friends, and the broader tech community.