Usage of "the"

Hi there, Should I use the in the following sentence or not? Are they both grammatical? If yes, what difference does it create?


Here's the example:

  • These are (the) people who were present there when the accident happened.

To me it seems that If I don't use the it means there were other people who were present at the time of the accident besides them. They are not the only ones who were present there. I am not sure. Please explain.

I have found many examples on the internet where in contexts like this I have seen sometimes the is used sometimes not.

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