That Time A Newly Retired Gurkha Legend Singlehandedly Fought Off 40 Train Robbers

Bishnu Prasad Shrestha

Nepalese warriors are in a class of their own, especially when they are a Gurkha. These legends fought during the Middle Ages, and when they faced the British soldiers in the colonial era, the Brits used the Gurkas to help them fight their battles.

Highly Reguarded Worldwide

The Gurkhas remained with the British during World War II and fought with them in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Khukuri is not only the Gurkas weapon, but it also symbolizes heroism, bravery, and combat skills.

Military leaders and figures throughout history highly regarded the Gurkhas. According to We are the Mighty, Prince Charles said, “In the world, there is only one secure place, that’s when you are between Gurkhas.”

Even Adolf Hilter said, “If I had Gurkas, no armies in the world would defeat me.” Osama bin Laden even said with the Gurkhas. He could “eat Americans alive.”

Military Training

Bishnu Prasad Shrestha was on a train ride home after he retired from the Indian Army in 2010. It was about midnight on September 2, and the train was heading from Ranchi to Gorakhpur.

The Maurya Express was boarded by 40 armed bandits who proceeded to rob all of the passengers, including Shrestha. The bandits had guns and knives that they threatened those on the train with.

However, when the bandits went after an 18-year-old girl while her parents watched helplessly, Shrestha could not sit idly anymore.

Taking On The Robbers

Khukuri in hand, he went after the 40 robbers, killed three, and injured eight of them. The others did not stick around, running away instead of fighting Shrestha.

His left hand was injured while fighting the bandits, and the young woman’s neck was cut. Shrestha not only saved her from being raped, but he recovered the passenger’s stolen property, which amounted to 200 cell phones, 40 laptops, jewelry, and almost $10,000 in cash.

The girl’s family offered him a large sum as a reward, but he declined. Shrestha said, “Fighting the enemy in battle is my duty as a soldier. Taking on the thugs on the train was my duty as a human being.”

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