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BANGALORE, India (AFP) – US defence group Raytheon says it wants to sell India a controversial "pain gun" it claims would be safer than rubber bullets in quelling unrest in the insurgency-racked country.
The Silent Guardian Protection System is billed by its makers as the 21st century equivalent of tear gas or water cannon -- a way to subdue rioters while inflicting minimal harm.
The US military withdrew the weapon last year from war-torn Afghanistan amid opposition from human rights activists worried about its safety. The US army has never commented on why it withdrew the system.