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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SHILPI December 29, 2015 at 8:27 am

Gorkhas have always done India proud and this soldier is yet another feather in their illustrious cap! SALUTE! MAY YOU INSPIRE AND IGNITE YOUR COMPATRIOTS FOREVER!

Anthony Noble December 30, 2015 at 8:52 am

Well done, he makes me feel proud of him
The best regiment in the world

B Ong December 31, 2015 at 2:59 am

Very Proud of you. You have great compassion!

LC0l Gordon Hills March 13, 2016 at 6:20 pm

I am assuming that “taking control” of one of the attackers meant that he had cut his throat. I have met the Gurka. They made John Masters famous, not the other way around

Chinmay March 20, 2016 at 10:06 am

Very brave soldier

Chinmay March 20, 2016 at 10:06 am

Very brave soldier reql singham

bikash'z thapa March 28, 2016 at 12:58 pm

Jai ma kali ayo gorkhali..do or die our gorkha dai bhai

Matteo May 12, 2016 at 7:47 pm

Great Job, soldier.
people like you define the real meaning of soldier word, don’t le anyone say it different.

Jack Law August 10, 2016 at 9:51 pm

Hey hey what a warrior! Unbelievable!

oviyan September 12, 2016 at 10:32 am

An inspiring,heroic,brave soldier.no words to appriciate this honourable man.At the same time i am so proud of my brother who is to join the Gorkhas(4/8 GR) soon by this october 1st 2016-Lt Tamil Arasan.

ambrish kumar September 16, 2016 at 1:46 pm

this is indian soldier proud tom be indian you done great job jai hind

mcgoon September 22, 2016 at 4:42 am

1 Gurkha?
1 kukhri?
40 dacoits?

My money’s on the Gurkha, and may Heaven help the dacoits!

SAM October 6, 2016 at 11:44 pm

Proud to be Nepali.

Gaurav khattar November 22, 2016 at 5:17 am

If a man says he is not afraid of dying. Either he is lying, or he is a Gurkha.

Minmini January 6, 2017 at 1:22 am

Hats off to you Youare the real Bharatratna

Neem Tenji January 31, 2017 at 9:02 pm

Jai,Gorkhali, jai Khukuri!

John Thomas March 22, 2017 at 11:43 am

An Incredible truth of a Real Life Alibaba and the 40 Thieves.

Rajendra April 4, 2017 at 4:57 am

Hello Ambrish Kumar, your comment “this is indian soldier proud tom be indian you done great job jai hind” draws my attention. Try to research good before you speak. Why Indian think that all the fame belongs to them? India say Gautam Buddha was born in India and creates fake Kapilbastu & now you are saying that Bishnu Shrestha is an Indian, what a joke! Learn to accept the truth. This guy is Nepalese Gurkha Army deployed to Indian mission for some period of time, may be to protect you from Pakistan. Find his details on this link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bishnu_Shrestha

bably guha April 17, 2017 at 3:50 am

I’m proud of my Indian soldiers ,I salute them

more info April 20, 2017 at 8:07 am

Nice informative post on Gurkha kukri.

DL May 8, 2017 at 4:14 am

Having served with brave warriors, I know just how quietly brave and determinedly ferocious the are. Tik Hai you wonderful soldier.

Alan May 10, 2017 at 5:25 am

I had the Honor to work with Retired Ghurkas in Iraq in 03. They are, without doubt, without question some of the most amazing, courageous, yet humble men on the planet. Don’t mistake their casual smile and generally happy demeanor for weakness. They are ferocious when prompted! Truly amazing Soldiers and I will always count myself honored to have been associated, even in passing, with the Gurkha!

Jackie Whittaker May 11, 2017 at 5:50 am

My Dad served with the Ghurkas during the second world war. He had the greatest respect for these very brave but gentle men. He told us many stories about his time with them and taught us to have great respect for them also

fobomes May 23, 2017 at 4:01 am

That is more than truth. Thanks for posting it!


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Pradeep marwah July 7, 2017 at 12:00 pm

The Great Indian Gurkha soldiers.we r proud of them.

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