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Former Intel India head Avtar Saini knocked down by speeding cab while cycling, dies

The death of a popular cyclist and former Intel India country head Avtar Saini while cycling in Navi Mumbai triggered road safety issues for cyclists. Several social media users raised concerns over road safety.

Raju Kumar Edited By: Raju Kumar @rajudelhi123 Mumbai Updated on: February 29, 2024 9:52 IST
Former Intel India country head Avtar Saini
Image Source : @HYDERABADDOCTOR/X Former Intel India country head Avtar Saini

Former Intel India country head Avtar Saini was killed in a road accident, said the police on Thursday. Saini was hit by a speeding cab while he was cycling in Navi Mumbai township, Maharashtra.

According to the police, the accident took place at around 5.50 am on Wednesday, when Saini (68) was riding a bicycle along with fellow cyclists on the Palm Beach Road in Nerul area.

The vehicle hit Saini's bicycle from behind and the driver then tried to escape from the spot, with the bicycle's frame wedged under the front wheels of the cab, he said.

After the accident, the fellow cyclists rushed him to a hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.

Avtar Saini's contributions to processor development

Saini, a resident of suburban Chembur, was credited with working on the Intel 386 and 486 microprocessors. He also went on to lead the design of the company's Pentium processor. 

The police have registered an FIR against the cab driver under various Indian Penal Code sections, including 279 (rash driving), 337 (causing hurt by doing an act rashly or negligently so as to endanger human life) and 304-A (causing death of any person by doing any rash or negligent act not amounting to culpable homicide), and provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act.

The accused has not yet been arrested, an official from the NRI police station said.

(With PTI inputs)

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