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February 1, 2011

Balls. Of. Blue. Steel. "He couldn't contain his calmness."

A Gurkha soldier, who fought 40 train robbers, to be felicitated in the Republic Day of India/Nepali Community
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 train robbers, in front of her helpless parents. After looting the train, when the robbers started stripping the 18 year old girl in front of him, he couldn't contain his calmness. He took out his khukari and attacked the group of 40 robbers, alone. In the fight, he killed three of dacoits and injured eight others. Remaining looters ran for their lives.

Posted by Vanderleun at February 1, 2011 12:03 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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We now have a case for human cloning.

Posted by: RedCarolina at February 1, 2011 12:11 PM

The knife is carried to protect the defenseless according to some eastern religous sects. Perhaps this was a man who had strong belief in the power of his faith. God bless.

I have been trying to get a kirpan for my knife collection. Apparently these people believe themselves to be some sort of saint warriors.

Note: Do not mess with saint warriors.

Posted by: Roger Drew Williams at February 1, 2011 7:58 PM

The kukri (or khukari, as it is called here) is a heavy, formidable knife with a forward-curved blade that greatly increases its mechanical advantage (think of pounding a nail with a hammer vs. trying to pound it with a foot-long piece of rebar; the rebar will do the job eventually, but not as well as a hammer). Gurkha soldiers are highly trained in the use of the kukri, and use it very effectively to strike fear into the hearts of their enemies. Something about having to face a smiling, mild-mannered little guy with a big knife who just decapitated your fellow soldier (or fellow bandit in this case) tends to lower one's morale rather precipitously.

Posted by: waltj at February 2, 2011 5:58 AM

Alas, this is the publicist's version of events. The true story is somewhat... less impressive. No attempted rape, no forty thieves, no bad guys brought low. He did pull his khukari and get stabbed in the arm though, mad props for that.

Posted by: Casca at February 2, 2011 6:03 AM

The last time 40 thieves got together who were not in government was in Ali Baba.

Posted by: james wilson at February 2, 2011 8:06 AM

Casca, the party pooper.

Posted by: RedCarolina at February 2, 2011 10:19 AM

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