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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Ramon May 21, 2015 at 3:27 am

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H B Gurung June 2, 2015 at 1:25 am

Such kind of deeds are always welcome by public and every gorkhali feel proud. May God bless u with power & bravery.

R.Nagarajan June 3, 2015 at 9:43 am

Courage and capacity are the hallmark of Gurkha soldiers.Let the tradition continue for ever

Bernard June 16, 2015 at 12:38 am

Once a soldier always a soldier.I salute you sir.Good work.And them bustards they got what they asked for, to hell with them.

Steven June 19, 2015 at 4:43 pm

Thank you thank god finally a hero has emerged to fight this disease that rots mans brain and turns him into a compassionless animal. This ex soldier is a saint and should be rewarded by showing all other males how to behave and be as honorable as he.
Well done sir, I bow to you. Cheers

Netra khatri June 20, 2015 at 12:23 am

Proud to be gorkhali well done bro!

feeling angry June 20, 2015 at 1:47 am

I would have killed every single one of them. Cut off their DI*k and tight them at the back of the train and drive the train and drag them behind on the railway tIll they burn in hell.

Crys June 20, 2015 at 2:34 am

Great job well done indeed . We need more people like you , it makes the world a better one :-)

Superpower June 20, 2015 at 3:14 am

Made my day soldier… as a commander in a battalion.. i feel proud..proud as a proudest lion can be while it is proud..

llxcc June 20, 2015 at 3:56 am

great, great news. this man saved not just the girl, but also her entire life that’s ahead of her. god bless them

sujit June 20, 2015 at 7:09 am

Heartly salute you

PEER MOHD(PBS)amigopeer June 20, 2015 at 12:50 pm


sdf June 22, 2015 at 3:05 pm

do that in finland and you’ll sit for 12 years in jail, since it is illegal to defend yourself or others from violators (even with bare hands)

ghyygg June 23, 2015 at 9:53 am

In Finland 13 somalis raped 15 year old girl. All rapist got perole and walked laughin from the courtroom. Rapists knows rhat sentencd here are ridicilous if you hit somebody or rape, but if I steel like 10000€ from a bank, I sit 10 years.

Ere June 23, 2015 at 10:01 am
Owen R Auer June 23, 2015 at 10:39 am

Sadly here in the U.S. we would be arrested for carrying one.

Ken June 23, 2015 at 10:55 am

Interesting side note here: this trained and armed soldier didn’t jump up and start hacking off limbs when the bandits were “only” taking property. He made a conscious choice not to deploy deadly force in defense of people’s “stuff”. But once it became a crime against someone’s person, he acted, so understate the case. He didn’t pull out his knife and point it at someone; he killed three and injured (and that’s likely a euphemism for removing a limb) eight others. That’s the model, right there: only when you must, and then with great force and fury. Gotta love a Gurkha…

BOB BARRY June 23, 2015 at 10:36 pm


Michael June 23, 2015 at 10:47 pm

Every American soldier knows who the Gurkha’ are.

staudt danut June 24, 2015 at 3:59 am

Strong good knaif(maceta)☺

chua June 24, 2015 at 5:28 am

You have honourably upheld the reputation of the gurkhas. GREAT JOB

R R Rajbhandari June 24, 2015 at 9:12 am

But the birth palace of are terribly suffering from disaterious earthquake, the force who were always in front line of battle proved their legacy in each and e every battle they fought and had saved sovernity of many countries salute to gorkhas/ I would like to say nepali

Robert June 25, 2015 at 6:48 am

It is an honor to have been able to meet gorkas in my youth and count them as friends. ..it is my distinct honor to hear that one of theirs has such honor in his heart in my adult part of my life. I salute you sir!

Jared June 25, 2015 at 12:25 pm

Well done Bishnu Shrestha. My Khukuri is my do it all woods knife mainly because of the fame the Gorkhas have brought to it. AYO Gorkhali.

darshnanegi June 28, 2015 at 3:11 am

Bishnu ji aap wakai mei real Hero hei….Ham aapko tehdil se salute karte hei..!

kpcs pillai June 28, 2015 at 10:30 am

Hats off to this brave Soldier who is pride of India …His act pf bravery should be recognised by the Government of India

Kaisar June 28, 2015 at 10:31 am

A khukri is a traditional Gurkha knife, with a curved blade.

Saibal Mazumdar June 28, 2015 at 10:59 am

U r not only a pride of the Gorkhas but the entire mankind . Long live U and yur race …

V Robinson June 29, 2015 at 7:56 am

This is as good an explanation of the history of the kukri and demonstration of its use as you’ll find. Despite the title ‘Fent Yudh [Dagger Fighting]‘ it is entirely on the awesome kukri, a weapon that punches way above its weight: https://youtu.be/f1sV0Y-7NQk?t=1m25s

Linda June 30, 2015 at 8:51 am

Typical Gurkha soldier: they are the only ones that know how to use a Khukuri: Also see the Gurkha who defeated the Taliban, in his outpost.

Mafiace June 30, 2015 at 8:49 pm

Gotta love the Gurkhas and their kukri! This is mine – http://www.devonbuy.com/gurkha-kukri/. But, I’m no Gurkha…

kumar July 1, 2015 at 12:13 am

Nice …..brave man…..

Zaf July 1, 2015 at 12:46 am

Salute…this is something that everyone must have…gutz and care towards people who are in need. A good example of courage and humanity. The girl’s future may be dark if she were to get rapped but this noble soldier stood for what is right alone. May Allah bless him for his good deed.

Jaybee July 1, 2015 at 3:04 am

WELL DONE SOLDIER!! But at the same time. We all should be aware that how many train passengers just stood still. 40 robbers against an entire train? How many passengers were there? Hundreds? It’s sad to realize that society would rather choose to silently watch while shutting mouth and ear. Thank God there is ONE person who had the guts tostand up!! But the question still remains…what would YOU do in such a situation. IF WE ALL would stand up and SAVE EACHOTHER, no criminal would ever have a chance.

Mc July 1, 2015 at 12:48 pm

If a person says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or a Gurkha

Stuart C July 3, 2015 at 4:59 am

Salute you my friend, as an ex-soldier, a Gurkha, you did exactly what needed to be done.

maurizio July 3, 2015 at 1:54 pm

Ayo Gorkhali!!!

Hernan Moreno July 4, 2015 at 12:43 pm

Well done sir. A Khukiri is a formitable weapon. Reminds me of a friend once having to face down 20 invaders with a .30-30 (1894 Winchester lever-action rifle). What more do you want, I commented with a grin :)

Nitish Lorung Rai August 1, 2015 at 6:30 pm

you are the real hero gurujee “jai jai maa kaali waha nai ho sacho gorkhali!”

John Blenkiron August 25, 2015 at 4:09 pm

He should have cut off the balls of the ones he killed.

AOR_Semiramis September 5, 2015 at 4:02 am


THIS is what being a man means.The only regret is that the rapists among the 40 pricks should’ve been skinned alive.

But YOU have stood your ground.

Col Henry Thonpson(Retd) September 19, 2015 at 3:02 am

Sabash Bishnu Shrestha for doing you duty so well and bravely at that. God Bless you & your unit & your family.

sagar thapa November 9, 2015 at 9:38 am

gourkhvali se deshrkhvali or ab hm knyarkhvali bhi krege. jai Maa Kali

Jeniffer Martin November 20, 2015 at 4:17 am

Nice informative post on Gurkha kukri. I knew that the Gurkha kukri is used as an official weapon by the Gurkhas regimental army. I got this kukri knife from a kukri shop online in UK.

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