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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Prajwol Bhattarai October 7, 2011 at 10:23 pm

Very inspirational story by a fellow Nepali.. he has made all Nepalese proud. Good on you brother. Jai Gorkhali !!!!

SPM October 8, 2011 at 1:23 am

I am proud of being gurkha.

Firoj thapa October 9, 2011 at 10:09 am

Bishnu sir u make us very proud to being a gorkha..and u remind us what is gorkha and human as well…”jai gorkha”

kiran gurung October 11, 2011 at 2:00 pm

well done, Bishnu g… i solutte on ur bravery,,jai gorkhali,,,

Geoff Smith October 16, 2011 at 3:34 pm

This man’s heroic actions deserve the praise he is given. Being armed with his wits and a knife he was able to defend an innocent from the onslaught of muslim animals. It sounds as if he defeated Ali Baba and the 40 thieves, absolutely amazing.

sagar November 25, 2011 at 11:41 am

i am sagar no 9714247648

Kiran lama December 9, 2011 at 10:29 am

We r really proud of u sir..

Kewal December 9, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Vry gud brothr..i salute u..hatts off 2 u…
Jai gorkha n m proud 2 b a gorkha!!

JS Virk December 11, 2011 at 11:59 am

Gorkha’s are brave and they rule our hearts.

john uk December 12, 2011 at 6:43 am

Well Done Bishnu,
It would be nice if the british goverment treated you the same as their home grown soldiers as of all the good work the Gurkhas have done over the years for England.

arpan thapa December 15, 2011 at 5:53 am

SIR,u made us proud.Jai gorkha!

DonnyZ December 20, 2011 at 2:08 am

wonder wtf the father was doing as these cowards were about to rape his own daughter in front of him..?

Jeff Davy December 23, 2011 at 3:32 pm

I can actually picturise what happened.It takes courage to over come your fears and fight for strangers.Bishnu you are truly a unsung HERO.god bless the Gurkha.

niraj shrestha January 7, 2012 at 10:30 pm

i proud of jawan

mikin thapa January 12, 2012 at 9:31 am

jai hari n jai gorakh he done his job we all feel proud
And a gorkha soldier done his duty lyk in war i salute u

caleb subba January 14, 2012 at 5:25 am

“its better to die than to be coward”. Gorkha knows to die for you,,, whom you called “foreigner”….!!!

Sunil January 14, 2012 at 9:41 am

Great job dai. It has to be a real hero to fight wth 40 robbers that to for a co passenger.

Akhil Rai January 17, 2012 at 11:22 pm

“First 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”.
– That’s judgmental and brave modern Gurkha proud on you Dai.

mihu January 20, 2012 at 10:15 am

thats man… manliness… which very few possess .hats off to you… bro…gorkhas .. and all nepalis… i have seen, met… have jigar… a heart of brave

Deepak sINGH January 21, 2012 at 2:41 am

you are great and brave sir, i salute you from my bottom of my heart god bless u

Prasad Gurung January 25, 2012 at 11:55 am

Brave heart Gurkha Bishnu Ji !!!!! Salute and respect of the highest order!!!!!!!!!!

Trevor February 11, 2012 at 7:04 am

Very heroic. You sir, are awesome.

Mitra Dewan February 15, 2012 at 11:48 am

What a chivalrous act ! Just at a call of a “sister”, the volcano of Gorkha rage erupted out of Humanity to bring the evil spirits to an end. This is what the Bir Gorkhalies are.
Really inspirational and praiseworthy deed the world must learn from.

gav lawley February 23, 2012 at 6:29 am

It’s Gurka. And that story barely scrapes in as brave against the level of bravery that the Nepalise scout regiment have shown. Read a book called King of the mountain, mind blowing.

vishal Gurung February 23, 2012 at 9:28 am

Jai Mahakali Aayo gorkhali… Vishnu Dai hats off to you.. You make the gorkhali’s proud..

sumit chhetri February 24, 2012 at 4:08 pm

You n ur khukri again proud us to be a Gurkha.you prove that we can make history any time any where.we dont need anyone because “JAI MAA KALI AAYO GORHKALI”.

Sam March 10, 2012 at 10:24 am

He should be promoted for what he did to save everyone on the train. He wasn’t actually tired of just sitting and watching everyone getting robbed. Somewhere in him, he thought “Now it’s my chance to become a Hero like anyone has wished to be” so he defended the train and became a Hero.

Swastika March 17, 2012 at 7:04 am

That’s called a real Gurkhali!

pranab chetri March 23, 2012 at 9:54 am

veer gorkhali!

Russo Chhetry March 23, 2012 at 11:14 am

There r many untold stories of Gorkha’s; their valuable contribution 2 the nation n society. These stories really inspire us n make our head high in pride for being a Gorkha. I salute the gallant gorkha…..
Jai Hind…..Jai Gorkhali.

Vinay Mada March 25, 2012 at 3:42 pm

“If a man says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or a GORKHA”.

Ivan Boatwright March 26, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Congratulations on a job well done. I wish peace and tranquility the rest of your life as you have earned it.

Cyril Fletcher April 12, 2012 at 6:39 am

What can I say, they were always the best of the best in the British Army in 2 world wars and variouse other scirmishes, well done soldier you make us all proud to have been associated with you, god bless you.

krishna pun May 28, 2012 at 12:06 pm

i m proud of being gorkhali n being serve as gorkha.

Sigred June 1, 2012 at 3:54 am

Kudos to this man. No matter what any individual’s moral archetype may be, I believe we can all agree that this man’s decision represents pure valor. It has become far too common for one to take the viewpoint of, “Well, as long as this doesn’t directly affect me”, so I applaud his willingness to to take a stand for the intrinsic moral thread that ties all human behavior. In relation to Immanuel Kant’s “silver rule”, do *not* unto others as one would *not* have done unto you. In layman’s terms, if you would not accept someone doing this to you, then you should not do it to others.

The world needs more people like this man whom are willing to stand for the rights of others. While it is disheartening to know that there are those whom would commit those horrible crimes, it is refreshing to know that there are still those whom would stand in opposition. You, sir, are an exemplar of what our species is capable of representing; you restore my faith in humanity.

Russell June 5, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Freakin awesome, but what kind of father would sit, regardless of the circumstances, and watch his teen-aged daughter being gang raped?

Rahul Pradhan June 7, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Bravery and loyality lives in our gorkhalis soul,this is a matter of genes and our genes never let us to behave like a coward.
We r real king of himalayans and follower of baba gorakhnath.
Unforgettable act bishnu dai.
I feel proud to be gorkha the martial race.

Binod June 11, 2012 at 9:35 am

HATs of bhai……. The India not only that girl all India is proud of YOU…. Long live ,,,, Gorkhali,,,

Rojal Shrestha June 15, 2012 at 8:51 am

Jai Gurkha..

Lenin Rai June 20, 2012 at 6:22 am

Really its a great job. U made all the Gorkhas to be proud.. We all the Gorkhas Salute U…
Jai Gorkha…
Jai Bharat Mata…

sinjalee June 27, 2012 at 3:52 am

he has shown the true blood that flows in the veins of a gorkha………jai mahakali aayo gorkhali!!

Bob July 2, 2012 at 8:56 am


stonephone89 July 14, 2012 at 6:42 pm

ghurka ghurka

tenzin July 21, 2012 at 1:14 am

Proud to be Tibetan

Sahaj July 25, 2012 at 12:18 am

A Canadian soldier was quoted in this encounter with a modern-day Gurkha soldier. “We fought alongside the Gurkha for a while. They are all very neat, clean shaven, and extremely polite. I was fascinated by their Kukri, and when I asked one of them if I could examine one, he very courteously unsheathed it and handed it to me. After I looked at it for a few minutes, I handed it back to him. Before he holstered the weapon, he very calmly slitted his thumb with the blade, causing a small cut. I was surprised by this, and when I asked him why he did that, he explained to me that it was tradition that the blade was not to be taken out of its sheath unless it was to draw blood.”

Amac August 18, 2012 at 4:38 am

Oh c’mon! He’s a Gurkha! They didn’t stand a chance! I almost pity them.

Aditi August 24, 2012 at 11:37 am

The real One man army!
He’s got spirit of great Gurkhas!

sslj September 2, 2012 at 6:41 am

take that bollywood hollywood heroes who single handedly can defeat a gang of thugs single handedly

Adithya September 2, 2012 at 10:19 am

This really breaks the western stereotypes about all indians being nerds and sissies…. the man was a gurkha and a soldier in the INDIAN army, whatever he did was expected of him. it is something that is expected out of all us indians. :-{)

Yogesh Rana September 4, 2012 at 6:24 am

The real One man army….
I salute
Jai Hind…..Jai Gorkhali.

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