Gajanur is part of the Satyamangalam forest-belt that was terrorized by forest brigand Veerappan. On July 30, 2000 Veerappan abducted Dr. Rajkumar from his ancestral home in Gajanur, where he had gone for the house-warming ceremony of his new house. This event put the Karnataka government in a political dilemma of whether or not to call in the army. The decision was reached that to do so would set a poor precedent. Rajkumar was released without harm on November 15, 2000, after 108 days in captivity.