Skip to comments.Young gurkha slays Pak militant in fierce hand-hand combat in Kashmir
Posted on 05/11/2014 7:29:22 AM PDT by MBT ARJUN
A 23-year-old courageous soldier of the Gurkha regiment killed a Pakistani trained infiltrator during a hand-to-hand combat along the Line of Control in Poonch in the wee hours of Saturday.
Defence PRO in Jammu said, "A 23-year-old soldier from the elite Gurkha Regiment of the Indian Army, Rifleman Prem Bahadur Roka Magar scripted an astonishing saga of raw courage and fearlessness, resulting in the elimination of two hardcore Pakistan trained terrorists in the Poonch sector".
"The brave soldier after reaching within hand shaking distance tried to grab the AK 47 rifle of the Pak trained infiltrator and in the ensuing melee he escaped a gun shot and dropped his own weapon," the PRO added.
"Without paying attention to his own safety the fearless solider pounced on the infiltrator and grappled with him before the two fell in a near by nallah."
Acting on intelligence inputs about the possible infiltration in the area, the troops were deployed in a group of multiple ambushes near the Baghialdhara Nallah on the Line of Control.
The PRO further said before hand-to-hand combat Magar and his ambush party spotted a group of terrorists and eliminated one with precise and controlled fire of automatic weapons, after tracking them with night vision devices for some time.
What followed was the stuff of legends when Magar, in darkness and extremely thick foliage, initially mistaken for another armed militant to be one his colleagues, moved to within hand shaking distance of him, and was almost shot down and in the process also dropped his own weapon.
Completely displaying nerves of steel with scant regard for his own safety, the courageous Gurkha engaged in a fierce physical duel with the terrorist while simultaneously grabbing his AK 47 which was spewing a hail of fire.
The two grappled and rolled down the hillside, finally disengaging with a fall in another Nallah.
The militant, now clearly unnerved by the boldness of the braveheart, tried to make good his escape. Magar though bereft of his personal weapon, whipped out a hand grenade and hurled it at the fleeing miscreant killing him instantaneously, thus bringing to conclusion another heroic chapter that epitomizes the character and ethos of the Indian Army and its matchless soldiers.
I just love stories with a happy ending.
Love the way this story is written.
Don’t mess with the Ghurka.
Made my day, thanks.
The Kukri is certainly an odd shaped knife. A bit unwieldy. See them at gun shows and on the net. Reproductions. But interesting to hold.
This is the Indian Army’s Gurkha unit not the British Army.
“spewing a hail of fire.” Has the writer been talking to the “moms lookin’ for a little action”? Couldn’t the writer at least have added “...like a firehose.”? Good on the Gurkha in any case.
Love those guys.
We could pay them more. Plus American Citizenship is in big demand these days.
We had them as guards in Baghdad ‘04’. Good guys and easy to mingle with. Slept well knowing they watched our backs. I have a coin embossed kukri they gave me.
Gad...love those kukri knives.
Think Crocodile Dundee “THIS IS A KNAIFE!”
I said way back immediately after 9/11 that we should have raised Gurkha and Sikh regiments.
The shape of the knife has a purpose, form follows function and all that. They are made for removing heads. Quickly. They work quite well for that purpose.
They take honor to a level few will ever achieve.
You can get a good kukri from Amazon. It is manufactured in Nepal and shipped direct to you. About $53.
Only a certifiable lunatic attempts to take on a Gurkha.
He told me if someone asked to see their knives, they would show them but also ALWAYS drew blood, in the case when I father asked they drew their own blood.
Surprised Muslims haven’t adopted them, they seem to have need for such weapons...
Interesting they are only $53 from the manufacturer of the real thing. Guess one could utilize it as a “corn knife?”
The thing about a kukri is that due to the curve of the blade they tend to bite in deeper on a slashing blow rather than glancing off. Combined with a general heavy construction that carries plenty of momentum and energy and you have a fierce weapon. If I had to fight with a blade rather than a firearm, I’d leave my Ka-Bar in my go bag and pull one of my kukris.
Nice traditional Kukri demo too.
Real nice guys, I trained with them in wainwright.
Even got my own kukri. These guys respected our unit a lot, and it was mutual.
On second listening, I note that this is their arrangement of the Maynard Ferguson arrangement.
So a bunch of guys from Nepal are playing an American song, written by an Austrian, and arranged by a Canadian.
That's what makes music great.
I like the sheath. The waterbuffalo sheath supplied with the Nepalese product has a clunky feel on the draw and clumsy on resheathing. An aftermarket Kydex sheath would be a worthwhile upgrade. I found one for my 7” Kabar. Big improvement over the stock leather sheath supplied with the original purchase.
They sell different lengths and blade qualities. Some are deliberately low quality utility/work knives for hacking shrubbery. There are high end ceremonial versions intended strictly for viewing.
I’ve owned a number of them over the years, from huge, to normal, to small, and don’t have any idea where any of them disappeared to, except for one that I remember giving away.
They are interesting looking, but not the best knife for most things, and too heavy.
I have one from Nepal and a utility grade from Cold Steel sold at Sportsmanswarehouse. The Nepalese one would be satisfactory as a personal defense tool. The Cold Steel product is barely suitable for whacking vegetation. I carry an S&W folder for daily use. Mail opener, box cutter, paper trimmer. The 7” Kabar is mostly a collector’s piece relative to my own needs.
I say authentic as compared to shiny Chinese knives that people collect.
My EDC knives are a Spyderco Ladybug for the key chain, and a Benchmade Rukus for the pocket.
The Rukus is huge for a folder.
I have some nice Spyderco sharpening files. Good quality. The Ruckus certainly is big. I enjoy good cutlery. If you visit West Yellowstone, check out a shop called Seldom Seen Knives. The owner has created some very interesting original pieces. More art than utility oriented. I agree that much of the product today is shiny stuff from China. Not very robust.
Here is one that I have carried, for visiting rough bars, it is shiny, but high quality and a very quick Bowie.
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