In a devastating incident on Wednesday, Avtar Saini, a distinguished chip designer and former head of Intel India, lost his life in a tragic accident while cycling on Palm Beach Road in Nerul, Navi Mumbai. Saini, renowned for his contributions to Intel microprocessors, including the Intel 386, Intel 486, and the Pentium processor, was struck by a cab, leading to his untimely death at the age of 68.

The Incident

The unfortunate incident occurred around 5:50 am between Nerul junction and VRI-Seawoods signal. Saini, a resident of Chembur, was cycling with a group of fellow enthusiasts when a cab collided with him from behind. Due to the impact, Saini’s bicycle frame became wedged under the front wheels of the cab. Shockingly, the cab driver attempted to escape, dragging the bicycle for a kilometer before being intercepted by passing motorists near the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation headquarters at Belapur.

Legal Action

Hrishikesh Khade, the cab driver, has been booked for rash and negligent driving causing death. While not yet arrested, he has received a notice under the CrPC to cooperate in the investigation and appear in court during the filing of the chargesheet. Saini’s body has been sent for postmortem.

The Aftermath

Avtar Saini was an active member of the Chembur Amateur Cycling group for a decade. Unfortunately, he had already faced personal tragedy three years ago with the passing of his wife. He is survived by his son and daughter, who reside in the United States.

Tributes and Condolences

Gokul V Subramaniam, Intel India president, expressed condolences on social media, highlighting Saini’s pivotal role in setting up Intel’s R&D center in India. Colleagues and members of the cycling community mourned the loss of a visionary leader and avid cyclist.

Intel Legacy

Avtar Saini’s significant contributions to Intel spanned from 1982 to 2004, during which he played a key role in the design of several processors. The technology community, including Anand Parthasarathy, a technology analyst and editor of IndiaTechOnline, acknowledged Saini’s illustrious career.

Road Safety Concerns

This tragic incident once again underscores the perils faced by cyclists, pedestrians, and runners on Mumbai’s roads. It comes less than a year after the death of runner Rajalakshmi Vijay on Worli seaface, emphasizing the pressing need for improved road safety measures.


The sudden demise of Avtar Saini has left a void in the technology and cycling communities. As investigations continue, it is hoped that the incident will prompt authorities to address road safety concerns and work towards creating a safer environment for all road users in Mumbai.

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