Gorkha Soldier Saves Girl from Rape and Takes on 40 Train Robbers with Only a Khukuri

Bishnu Shrestha, who had just retired from the Indian army where he served as a Gorkha soldier, held off a horde of robbers that tried to rob a train in India. From the article on Republica:

“The band of about 40 robbers, some of whom were travelling as passengers, stopped the train in the Chittaranjan jungles in West Bengal around midnight. Shrestha– who had boarded the train at Ranchi in Jharkhand, the place of his posting–was in seat no. 47 in coach AC3.

“They started snatching jewelry, cell phones, cash, laptops and other belongings from the passengers,” Shrestha recalled. The soldier had somehow remained a silent spectator amidst the melee, but not for long. He had had enough when the robbers stripped an 18-year-old girl sitting next to him and tried to rape her right in front of her parents. He then took out his khukuri and took on the robbers.

“The girl cried for help, saying ´You are a soldier, please save a sister´,” Shrestha recalled. “I prevented her from being raped, thinking of her as my own sister,” he added. He took one of the robbers under control and then started to attack the others. He said the rest of the robbers fled after he killed three of them with his khukuri and injured eight others…“Fighting the enemy in battle is my duty as a soldier; taking on the dacoits in the train was my duty as a human being,” said the Indian army nayak.

Essentially, one man took on 40 armed thieves with only a khukuri. What is a khukuri?

To be filed under: Bad. Ass.

Hat tip to Phillip H. for this link.

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Rajan Shrestha October 10, 2013 at 9:49 am

You know, Indian are so bad to Nepalese, specially in border area, they don’t respect US, Tries to kill our people, rub .. I hope this Indians Knows what we doing for their country, and respect us back.

spc graham October 12, 2013 at 6:04 pm

I think that he did a trumendousky good job i to am a soldier i would have done the same plus i like the kukri really badass knife im making one of my own

pawan yadav October 15, 2013 at 9:51 am

I salute the soldier, and his act of bravery he was did a heroism act to save a girl with the robbers….this a good lesson to learn for our society.. god bless u soldier

Sohan Gurung October 22, 2013 at 9:44 pm

Gorkhali people are really brave. They can be normally shy and friendly but when the situation comes they can distinctly act they really prove they are the bravest of the brave.

rohan October 27, 2013 at 11:17 pm

Salute to this solder and brother. I hope Indian government has awarded him for this.
People like this make me trust that there is still some goodness left in this world

Indraja Reddy November 1, 2013 at 7:54 am

PRoud And happy to see that there are brave men In India, who stand up when injustice is taking place, And put their life at risk for saving a woman’S honour. I salute The man with All My heart! Jai Hind!

subhash sood November 1, 2013 at 10:22 am

No words to say to heroism to the Gurkha soldier. I am wordless to see his heroism

Amyth November 5, 2013 at 2:00 pm

He was a real brave men, what he did dt is unforgetable, he was a gorkha and me too..so i’am salute him to his work..jai Gorkha.

jkgurung November 7, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Really I salute 4 the bravery of Bishnu Shrestha. He is a real gorkha hero. My dad was also in the gorkha regiment. But here I want 2 say about the misunderstanding of some Indians that they dont treat us an Indian. On seeing a Nepali speaking people almostly all think that they r the migrants of Nepal.

Raj November 10, 2013 at 2:08 am

M an Indian and I salute the heroism. Many thanks to the Gurkha regiment.

sanju thapa November 10, 2013 at 5:25 am

I AM SORRY TO KNOW THAT”Indian are so bad to Nepalese, specially in border area, they don’t respect US, Tries to kill our people,”IT SHOULD NOT BE.BUT I AM FEELING BAD ABOUT YOUR COMMENT “Indian are so bad to Nepalese, specially in border area, they don’t respect US, Tries to kill our people,.

sauraj shrestha November 15, 2013 at 7:09 am

i an proude of u

sauraj shrestha November 15, 2013 at 7:10 am

a i want you to give u wel done

Tanuj November 20, 2013 at 7:34 am

I salute your bravery, SIR.

Amit Kumar Singh November 23, 2013 at 8:08 am

Rajan Shrestha , we Indians respect the bravery of you Nepalese
we know that you are one of the best soldiers in the world and we have
always fought together with our aggressors . My dad is also from Army
by him , i know the tremedous respect Gurkhas are given in our army.
There are some bad apples always , could be you are talking about them.
majority of us respect you

bhupesh giri November 26, 2013 at 6:37 am

first i want to salute u brave man.second i want to ask all indians who showed their simpathy for the girl who got raped in delhi and the person who has given sachin bharat ratna(i am also fan of sachin) can’t we think again Bisnu stopped the rape incident that could be like delhi rape case and saved people from robbery also.What we have given to that guy not even many people know about him.is this a award from us to him is’t he at some point more important than sachin.i am sure if u ask sachin also he may himself admit that what Bisnu did is most precious than what is done by him for country.

vimal singh rana November 28, 2013 at 11:46 am


Jorn Henderson S.C.I.P. E.B.F December 30, 2013 at 2:20 am

You, Sir said it best (as a true hero who has served in combat would only know), when you put the honor (and their lives) of others 1st as a human being (a damn decent 1 2!). If the Indian defense force was smart, they would put u back in a uniform teaching such unbridled heroism and character to the future leaders of such a lovely country!
Hooray, JSH. US Army (rtd)

RAI CHANDRA January 28, 2014 at 2:09 am

I m as British gurkha Indian people are good to Nepali people then British people .anyway Bishnu save one of the cheli ejat cheli happy god happy god will help you on your life to be best of the best man on this plane I salute you bishnu sahib you must gorkha major when tou go back to pokhara sahib god bless you

AJAY JAMWAL February 4, 2014 at 2:21 am

great work done by gorkha in the train its motivate us to fight against anti social elements with bravery i also belong from army traditon my grand father was late major mahatam singh my uncles were retd l.t gen anup singh jamwal ,retd l.t gen kuldeepsingh jamwal redt maj gen rajinder singh jamwal we have great tradition belong from army iam fitness trainer but the blood flow in my body belongs from brave soldiers jai hind .

That is what we gorkhas do February 4, 2014 at 6:20 am

Jai gorkha……

RS February 7, 2014 at 9:18 pm

40 bandits vs. a veteran Gurkha armed with a khukuri? Poor devils didn’t stand a chance. Serves them right for hijacking the wrong train.

jonathan stott February 15, 2014 at 7:52 am

This man is the best of us, we all should aspire to have the same values and moral code that this heroic man lives by. respect

jonathan stott February 15, 2014 at 8:07 am

personal message to bishnu, you have inspired me to take an active part in the betterment of my community. i would like to meet you one day to recount your experiences as a gurkha and of your heroism. please drop me an e mail if you are interested .

Myrtle February 19, 2014 at 2:09 am

I all the time emailed this web site post page to all my
contacts, for the reason that if like to read it afterward my
links will too.

abhijit February 19, 2014 at 5:35 pm

Great job sir,once again prooved that 1 soldiers is equal to 100 men.thans to the officers who created this mentally of being 1 man army

Mark Reynolds March 11, 2014 at 3:25 pm

My salute to a great soldier who stands for those oppressed. An great man is he!!

Bearfoot March 13, 2014 at 11:32 pm

rohan, he was retired. They actually reinstated him to give him rewards and metals.

arpit hamal March 15, 2014 at 5:39 am

gorkhali are the brave and strongest army in the world.
1gorkhali can fight with more than 50 enemy.
no 1can beat gorkhali (nepali).
ma gorkhali laure vhayio bhane aaru (enemy) haru ko tel nikal dinchu

Avyu March 26, 2014 at 2:33 am

Hey Gorkhas, you are proving that you are the best army in the world since the beginning. You deficit even British Army, who ruled about 200 years in India, and save your country Nepal from British. And Nepal is only the one country in this world who never became slave of any other country, JAYA GORAKHKAALI.

chandra April 1, 2014 at 6:46 am

I really appreciate Bishnu Shrest… He did gud gob as own family/sister…

simon woods April 3, 2014 at 8:14 am

brave man.
if he had done such a thing in britain, they would throw him in jail straight away.
the attackers would have legal aid to claim all of his possesions.

Gaurav Lama April 3, 2014 at 8:11 pm

I Being A Nepali Nevr FEEl Grudge Or Getin da FEel of Same Bt Da Feelin of proudnez….. So Wit Al My respct N hnur Wch a Single Persn Of Indin wuldnt Do Wch A Single Gurkha did So I am ToO wld Be A Guest N hnur 2 hve a brthr Like u As Bold n couraguz…..
So Jai Gurkha n May We leave Lng……

Raju April 7, 2014 at 11:41 pm

Nepalese are anyday better than stupid Bangladeshi immigrants. Respect for this guy.

Sohang rai April 11, 2014 at 2:14 am

Our gurkhas bravery is always proudness and i salute to bishnu shrestha who is exapmle of brave but sorry to indian i hate you u r most hated by me in entire world

hari April 17, 2014 at 8:54 am

god tho im a boy. i got goosebumbs n ths is wat im searchin for. great great

Mr Devendra Oza April 24, 2014 at 2:04 am

We should show such examples to our youth D.K.Oza

pawan chhetri April 25, 2014 at 11:50 am

Hay Rajan plz don’t say like.dude that iam an indian gorkha & no one hates gorkha here.I know that somebody hurts but that doesn’t mean that every body is bad, you’ll find many gud people around you. There are lots of people who just think like you there r muslims,dalits,some kashmiri,north indians,sardar etc. You just don’t pay attention towards them

Nishant Bhanushali April 29, 2014 at 9:35 am

Fortune Favors the Brave. Never be shy and for every bad people there is always a good. Friend you are the people from the mountains. Rough Tough and powerful

VidsG May 13, 2014 at 8:08 am

My heartfelt salutations to the real hero. Being a soldier is not a job, its a state of mind. Kudos! To all the heroes in our armed forces!!

Kapil May 24, 2014 at 11:13 am

Thanks to the brave soldier from Nepal for saving the honor of the girl and saving the lives of many! May God bless you!

Starski June 9, 2014 at 12:15 pm

Once my friend was trying to stop 4 kids in the bus from bitting a man who was carring a flag. After few seconds of fight which he was winnig, somebody stabbed him in the back. He had luck and surrvived.

pawan July 12, 2014 at 10:10 pm

i m so proud of gurkha rifles coz there are many reasons to be proud but the first is who fought against the underworld docaits on single really i salute him

vishnu partel July 13, 2014 at 4:06 pm

I am a very lazy boy but when I read this the fire inside me got ignited now I want to become an Gorkha Regiment An Soldier who can finish entire enemy forces .
Actually I dont have any words to compliment the man with the Golden Heart BISHNU SHRESTHA –
All I could say was he was just Great proud to be s Nepali :)
Ohh God make me also brave and courageous and the best looking more than anyone but with a good heart

vishnu partel July 13, 2014 at 4:08 pm

I am a very lazy boy but when I read this
the fire inside me got ignited now I want to
become an Gorkha Regiment An Soldier who
can finish entire enemy forces .
Actually I dont have any words to
compliment the man with the Golden Heart
All I could say was he was just Great proud
to be s Nepali
Ohh God make me also brave and
courageous and the best looking more than
anyone but with a good heart

Ashish Dhakal July 26, 2014 at 11:09 pm

Again Gurkha proved glory of bravery, showed the world that this innocent little men known for their loyalty, faithfulness and generosity. The real warriors who gave the best for the motherland from time of freedom struggle till every occasions whenever the situations knocked upon. But yet these real son of this soil are betraying for the recognition on the country, they always been aside for many reasons and seasons.

vikas pun July 27, 2014 at 12:19 pm

Veer gorkhali …..josle anyae kaile herna sakdena .

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