A Gurkha soldier, who fought 30 train robbers

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Bishnu Shrestha, a brave Gurkha soldier in Indian Army, defeated 30 train robbers while returning home after a voluntary retirement.  The Indian army, is going to awarded Bishnu with Sourya Chakra, Bravery Award and Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha medals during the Indian Republic Day celebration on January 26 .


While in the train, Maurya Express from Ranchi to Gorakhpur, on September 2, 2010, 35 year-old Bishnu saved a girl about to be raped by the train robbers in front of her helpless parents. After looting the train, when the robbers started to strip a 18 year old girl in front of him, he couldn’t contain his calmness. He took out his khukari and took on the a group of 30 robbers, alone. In the fight, he killed three of dacoits and injured eight others. Remaining dacoits fled the scene to save their lives.

The police arrested the eight injured dacoits and recovered Rs. 400,000 in cash, 40 gold necklaces, 200 cell phones, 40 laptops and other items left by the robbers while fleeing the train.

In recognition to his bravery, his regiment has given Bishnu a cash reward of Rs. 50,000 and it has also terminated his voluntary retirement, so that he could get a customary promotion after he receives the medals. In addition to that, he will also receive a cash rewards from the government, special discounts in international air tickets, and discounts in Indian railways train tickets.


Updated according to a news in Indian newspaper Times of India of September 4, 2010. The report of Indian Army awarding Soury Chakra proved to be wrong as his name was not included in the official Indian Army site.

308 thoughts on “A Gurkha soldier, who fought 30 train robbers

  1. Bless you Bishnu and may others be inspired by your bravery to protect others as you did. You are a hero and a very good man.

  2. You have made the gurkhas and this Nepali proud, in this day and age your heroism echos the legend of some far flung time, in my book, you would be a prime minister of Nepal.

  3. It’s comforting to know there are still good people with a pure heart out there.
    Bishnu Shrestha and Sourya Chakra are proof of that. (thumbs up)

  4. Bishnu, you are a courageous man any country should be deeply proud of in these violent days. I wish you every success and happiness in your future as you have shown you deserve.

  5. Probably the best of the warrior clans the world’s seen. Loyal, trustworthy and bravest of the brave- THE GURKHAS OF NEPAL. I salute my brother in arms Bishnu with the greatest of repsect and honour.

  6. Dear bishnu

    Proud of your deeds. You are our real hero. Warmest regards from all of us Indians. If you are in delhi, it would be an honour to host you. 

  7. You should receive accolades internationally and set up as an example for all men. You didn’t move until they were about to hurt a young lady. You exemplified a real man who protects women and children. Thank you for rescuing her. Thank you for being there.

  8. Enough respect…well done..your a true Gurka and hero….namaskaar (salutations) to your khukari (Gurkha Blade)…your a real inspirational warrior in modern times of cowardice and thuggish behaviour

  9. I salute your spirit ! India needs more heroes like you. The name Gurkha always evokes courage & bravery and you have maintained that tradition.

  10. A true hero gives the correct meaning to that word.

    Make a movie, write a book do what ever is necessary don’t let a hero like him be forgotten.

    True selflessness is hard to find these days, so cherish it. And feel proud to be living with heroes like him.

  11. From America. Truly a gentleman, a brave soldier, and a true hero. Sending greetings and warm regards and respect with appreciate for great bravery and chivalry from America.

  12. In the finest tradition of good soldiers everywhere. L’Audace, L’Audauce, toujours, L’Audace.
    (Note to self: Be sure these guys stay on our side !!!)

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